Lee Myung-bak-Era Documents 'Found at Cheong Wa Dae'

  • By Yang Seung-sik

    July 26, 2017 12:13

    Potentially damaging documents dating back to the 2008-2013 Lee Myung-bak administration have been discovered at Cheong Wa Dae, press reports said Tuesday.

    They reportedly include information related to approval of the Lotte World Tower skyscraper, which drew suspicions of irregularities. Some reports said the documents were found in a filing cabinet in the national security office and contain information about the Lotte World Tower and STX, a shipbuilding company that went belly-up last year.

    The government approved the construction of the Lotte World Tower in 2009 after the runway of a military airport south of Seoul was realigned to avoid Air Force jets crashing into the skyscraper during takeoff and landing. STX was mired in a corruption scandal involving a Navy chief of staff.

    Earlier, Cheong Wa Dae officials said they unearthed more than 300 documents from the Park Geun-hye era, including a potential paper trail in the bribery case against Park and de facto Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong.

    But this time the presidential office neither confirmed nor denied reports of the discovery after it was accused of seeking to use the information to take revenge on political foes.

    Opposition lawmakers, smarting from the ouster of their last president, continue to accuse Cheong Wa Dae of briefing against its opponents.

    A high-ranking Cheong Wa Dae official told the Chosun Ilbo, "We have not received any specific information and nothing has been confirmed. We need to consider whether or not to announce the discovery of additional documents and cannot comment on each news report."

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