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Closeup (Korea CIA Affair) #41068

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 30, 1976
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(Studio) According to "New York Times" report from Washington, DC today, Korean CIA has been reorg. as result of disclosures of massive gift-giving to American officials and busmen. by Koreans. Grand jury and federal agencies in process of investigating various such allegations.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Report on growing influence of KCIA under President Park Chung Hee since US withdrawal of 1/3 of troops 6 years ago. Troops withdrawn because of Vietnam war and belief that North Korea threat had eased; since then KCIA influence in Korea and Korean communities in US, as well as on US officials has incrd. Case of newspaper publisher Kim Woon Ha who publishes "The New Korea" in Los Angeles, California, community noted. [KIM - says anonymous telephone calls have threatened his life.] Former State Department Korean affairs director Don. Ranard has seen KCIA operate among Koreans and Congmen. [RANARD - says Korea government is repressive and would even murder if necessary. Says Koreans laid out campaign to win or maintain favor of American Congmen.] Former South Korean diplomat Jai Hyon Lee walked into ambassador's office while serving as chief Korean information officer in United States and encountered such activity. [JAI - recounts incident with regard to ambassador's handling of large sums of money; says ambassador said he was going to Capitol.] Central figure in present federal probe, of congress payoff by Korean is Tongsun Park, Korean busman. Justice Department says events probably started in fall of 1970; as early as this, State Department began recing. information with regard to congress payoff scheme involving Tongsun Park. [RANARD - says when he mentioned information to Justice Department or FBI, nothing done.] Until now, United States has considered complaints from inside South Korea with regard to corruption and intimidation by KCIA as internal Korea problem; now evidence shows it's happened in United States as well.
REPORTER: Brit Hume

(Studio) Korean sources in United States say 2nd ranked man in KCIA in United States has requested pol. asylum; State Department has no comment.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reporter(s):
Hume, Brit;
Reasoner, Harry
Duration:
00:05:50

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