DUP vows to punish those found leaking list

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DUP vows to punish those found leaking list

The main opposition Democratic United Party yesterday vowed to punish anyone who is found responsible for leaking a list containing the personal information of more than 42,000 of its members.

The pledge comes a day after police in South Gyeongsang said they found the party’s membership list on a computer of a Seoul-based event planner that organizes various gatherings in the region.

Party membership lists are closely guarded secrets and never released to outsiders.

The company came under police investigation on suspicion of involvement in alleged irregularities surrounding the selection of an event planner for the World Traditional Medicine Expo to be held at Sancheong in the South Gyeongsang next year.

Police said it is not yet clear whether the list was used for political purposes ahead of the April 11 legislative elections or the upcoming December presidential election.

Company officials were quoted as telling police they secured it as reference material for their business.

Speaking at a meeting of the party’s Supreme Council, DUP Chairman Lee Hae-chan ordered “strict censure and disciplinary action” for anyone found responsible for the leak.

The DUP has so far determined through an internal probe that the list was likely leaked from its branch in South Gyeongsang, not from party headquarters.

The revelations come only months after prosecutors indicted six people, including two officials of the ruling Saenuri Party, on charges of leaking and selling the ruling party’s membership list ahead of this year’s April elections.

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