North Korea’s security service intensifies search for “spies”
North Korea’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) has recently intensified lectures aimed at encouraging North Koreans to turn in spies following the arrest of an alleged spy in June, Daily NK has learned.
The June spy incident involved a money broker who allegedly spied for South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS). Two local MSS officials, including the head of the local MSS office, were relieved from their duties after it was revealed they had accepted bribes from the broker.
Daily NK sources now say that the incident has led to an increase in lectures aimed at encouraging North Koreans to report strange behavior.
“Through its lectures, the MSS has told people that there are spies here who leak internal information to South Chosun (South Korea),” a source in North Hamgyong Province told Daily NK on Thursday. “MSS officials have emphasized multiple times that if we come across any ‘anti-revolutionary elements’ we are to report them immediately.”
Daily NK sources also added that a MSS lecturer spent an unprecedented three hours at a single factory lecturing about the guidelines. MSS lecturers tend to spend much less time at individual lecture sites, suggesting that the MSS is engaged in an operation to root out suspected information leakers.
During the lectures, MSS officials have also made attendees copy down all the guidelines concerning information leaks. ......