North Korean defectors must keep their identities and personal information confidential. If this information is leaked, family members who are living in the North face severe punishment or torture. Sadly, a defector who was working for the South Korean government on a 2-year assignment, was arrested by the NIS for leaking the identities of defectors to the North. Reports state that data on as many as 10,000 North Korean defectors might have been revealed.
President Park Geun-Hye began choosing her Cabinet members on Saturday. Among them, a former Army chief of staff was named Director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS). The NIS is Korea’ central intelligence agency, like the US CIA. Full story at the Korea Times.