Considering how Moon Jae-in has been down in the polls against Park Geun-hye it figures that his campaign would have to create some kind of sideshow to stop Park’s momentum:
The bitter campaign between presidential candidates Park Geun-hye and Moon Jae-in turned uglier Friday after the country’s election body filed a lawsuit with prosecutors against Park’s Saenuri Party for employing dirty tricks online.
Park, the daughter of the authoritarian President Park Chung-hee and representing conservative hopes of retaining Korea’s most powerful office, vehemently denied the accusations and declared a war against what she claimed as “black campaigning.’’
According to the National Election Commission (NEC), Yoon Jung-hoon, a Christian minister and Park supporter, led a team of eight people who camped at an apartment in Yeoudio, Seoul, to write and spread “damaging’’ posts about Moon, the Democratic United Party (DUP) nominee, on Twitter. The Election Law disallows political parties from conducting campaign activities in locations unregistered with the NEC.
According to NEC officials, Yoon and his employees regularly reported their activities to Ahn Sang-soo, who co-heads Park’s election team and is in charge of her policies on household debt. The rent on the apartment was paid by an official from Park’s campaign team. Ahn, a former Incheon mayor, strongly denied any involvement.
“We have detected the pseudo campaigning organization that appeared to be conducting activities on social networking sites (SNS). We investigated the people involved and the evidence we collected overnight and confirmed illegal activities.’’ said Son Gwang-yoon, an official from the Seoul division of the NEC, earlier in the day. [Korea Times]
You can read the rest at the link, but does anyone not think that the DUP is not doing the same thing that the NFP is accused of doing? If anything the Korean conservatives are playing catch up to the liberals in regards to how to conduct effective Internet smear campaigns considering how effective their manufacturing of the 2008 US Beef Riots was. What I am wondering is how they tracked down the IP addresses of the people leaving the Internet postings? I find it hard to believe that they would not have used proxies or Internet cafes to cover their tracks? If they were using the IP addresses from their apartments this just shows they were not a very sophisticated operation and a bunch of amateurs.
You can read more on this issue over at the Marmot’s Hole.