N. Korea arrests suspects allegedly involved in information leak
North Korean authorities were recently rocked by a leak that informed South Korean newspapers about a planned trip of leader Kim Jong Un to Samjiyon County.
The incident has caused the Ministry of State Security (MSS) to conduct crackdowns in the Sino-North Korean border region and arrest several alleged leakers. The alleged “ringleader” was apparently also taken into custody and sent to MSS headquarters in Pyongyang.
According to Daily NK sources, the main suspect is a North Korean man in his mid-forties. He had been living in China for about a year and a half after he had crossed the border illegally. The man was arrested during MSS investigations in Kangan, Tapsong and Yeonpung.
Daily NK spoke to a North Korean source on Thursday. “Following the news leak, the Bureau No. 15 [a unit tasked with tracking radio waves in the MSS] initiated an investigation of Chinese mobile phones,” the source reported.
In total, the MSS arrested 12 North Koreans in the Sino-North Korean border region during the raid, two of whom were in possession of South Korean TV shows. They were reportedly handed off to the local police whereas the ten other suspects have remained in the custody of the MSS. ......