Choi Soon-sil Publishes Batty Memoirs

  • By Lee Min-seok

    June 05, 2020 12:49

    Ex-President Park Geun-hye's toxic confidante Choi Soon-sil is publishing her memoirs on Monday.

    Choi, whose prison term for extortion, influence-peddlng and meddling in government was slightly reduced to 18 years in February this year, was widely seen as the power behind Park's operetta court.

    Judging by extracts from the book published in publicity materials, Choi's attempts to exculpate herself do not sound noticeably saner than her remarks in court and bear the stamp of the verbal ineptitude with which she often reduced Park's public speeches to gobbledygook.

    "I was given the role of 'invisible person' in my relationship with President Park Geun-hye," she writes. "I believed that my identity must not be known to the outside world and that's how it was. It was not easy."

    But then injustice struck. "I was suddenly labeled as a heavyweight wielding power behind the scenes and I could not understand why, while the stories being told about me were not plausible."

    Choi apparently wrote her memoirs in a notebook she bought in prison and the prose poured out of her almost every day except when she had to appear in court.

    She wrote 300 pages of notes, including detailed records of her relationship with Park, her life in Germany, where she had fled the long arm of the law, and her investigation by prosecutors. The table of contents shows that a considerable portion of the book is taken up with complaints about the prosecution.

    Choi also laments that she failed to win the same support from the government at the time as fly-by-night Justice Minister Cho Kuk and his family, who keep denying the allegations against them with what this pot calls the kettles' "endless lies."

    She apparently began writing her memoirs in December 2017 at the advice of her lawyer, who thought it might help calm his volatile client down.

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