A South Korean intelligence agent who has been found dead in an apparent suicide near Seoul on Saturday has left a note denying that his team had used spyware to tap the mobile phones and computers of private citizens.
Reuters quoted police as saying that they found a note written by the 46-year-old man who apparently died of carbon monoxide poisoning in his car.
In the note, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) employee denied that his group had spied on South Korean citizens’ cellphone and online communications, according to the report.
There was no spying whatsoever against domestic citizens, the agent is said to have written, adding that there was also no snooping activity related to Korean elections.
The NIS made a rare public admission last week that it had purchased spyware from an Italian firm that can be used to eavesdrop on mobile phone and computer communication.
“I swear that there was no surveillance on domestic citizens and election activities,” the agent wrote in his note, according to the New York Times.
The incident comes as a former spy chief is on trial on charges of leading a secret online smear campaign against the rivals of Park Geun-hye, who won South Korea’s 2012 presidential election.
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