Seoul investigating reports that U.S. soldier was spy for North
November 9, 2006
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — South Korea’s intelligence agency is investigating whether a former U.S. soldier acted as a North Korean spymaster, Seoul prosecutors confirmed Monday.
A Seoul Central Prosecutor’s Office spokesman told Stars and Stripes that the case against Korean-American Michael Chang, also known as Chang Min-ho, still is being investigated by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service but has not yet been forwarded to the prosecutor’s office.
The National Intelligence Service declined to comment.
Chang, a U.S. citizen with prominent business ties in Korea, served as a soldier in South Korea beginning in 1991, according to media reports.
Chang’s wife worked as a secretary for a lieutenant colonel at a USFK post from 1993 to 1996, according to multiple media reports, which did not name the lieutenant colonel.
As of Tuesday, U.S. Forces Korea had been unable to confirm Chang’s service in a database search and whether the Army was investigating him or his wife’s activities while on base in the 1990s, information Stripes requested Monday. Officials said they were going to search again using other possible Korean spellings of the name.
Multiple messages left with Chang’s lawyer, Kim Seung-gyo, were not returned.
The Chosun Ilbo reported Chang’s activities involved the opposition Democratic Labor Party.
DLP spokeswoman Hwang Sun told Stripes that Chang and his wife had no affiliation to the party. However, she defended the Changs, saying that intelligence officials were violating their human rights.