21 Feb '11, 3am

South Korea spied on Indonesia delegation

SEOUL: Members of South Korea's spy agency broke into a hotel room of a visiting high-level Indonesian delegation to try to steal sensitive information on a possible arms deal, a report said Monday. A spokesman for the National Intelligence Service (NIS) denied the front-page report in Chosun Ilbo newspaper, but declined to elaborate. The break-in last week has been previously reported but Chosun was the first newspaper to allege that NIS members carried it out. The 50-member Indonesian presidential delegation visited last week for talks on economic cooperation, including the possible purchase of South Korea's T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainer jet and other weapons systems. "The NIS agents, for the national interest, were trying to figure out the Indonesian delegation's negotiating strategies," Chosun quoted a senior Seoul official as saying. "Getting caught was an unin...

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