Probe into military spy case widening
By Jung Sung-ki
A probe into the latest spy case involving an Army general is intensifying as five more people are suspected of leaking military secrets to a South Korean man serving as a spy for the North, officials at the Defense Security Command (DSC) said Thursday.
A day ago, the major general, identified only as Kim, was arrested on charges of having leaked ROK-U.S. wartime operational plans and other classified information between 2005 and 2007 to the spy.
The spy then handed the information to a North Korean agent in China in return for an unspecified payment, the officials said.
"We've found that there are more suspects involved in this spy case, a DSC official said on condition of anonymity. "There might be at least five more suspects."
The DSC asked the military's General Court Martial to issue a detention warrant against Kim.
Part of the information that Kim may have leaked was regarding "Operational Plan 5027," a detailed battle plan of the U.S.-South Korea Combined Forces Command.
The plan, which maps out how the U.S. and South Korean forces would fight against the North, is modified every one or two years since the first version was created in 1974.
Kim and the spy, a former official of the National Intelligence Service, are alumni of the same military academy.