spy agency official-election interference

SEOUL, March 26 (Yonhap) -- The police said Tuesday that they are investigating a man believed to be an official from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) on suspicions of posting articles on Internet sites in an attempt to influence the outcome of last year's presidential election.

The 39-year-old man, identified only by his surname Lee, allegedly used nearly 40 different accounts to post around 160 articles that either supported or opposed certain candidates in the December presidential election, according to the police.

"We have yet to receive an official confirmation from the NIS, but various circumstances that have been identified during our investigation suggest that he is in fact a NIS official," a police official said.

The police had been investigating a 29-year-old woman, who has been confirmed an NIS official, on suspicions of writing some 120 online posts on politically sensitive issues ahead of last year's presidential election.

The NIS has denied the allegations of online political activities by its officials, claiming the woman, surnamed Kim, was only doing her job as an expert in psychological warfare against North Korea.

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