Former Korean president Roh seems to have been taking a page from Bush administration's playbook by deep sixing information

INSIDE JoongAng Daily: "Tensions between the incumbent and former presidential offices escalated yesterday over the allegation that Roh Moo-hyun’s aides moved the main computer server out of the Blue House on the eve of President Lee Myung-bak’s inauguration.

The Blue House claim the move put a significant amount of sensitive national information out of reach of the incoming leader.

“The removal by Roh aides of presidential records is an undeniably illegal action,” Blue House spokesman Lee Dong-kwan said yesterday. “Out of respect for the former president, we have asked for the return of the data directly and indirectly. However, the request has been repeatedly denied.”

Lee said it’s extremely worrisome that the records Roh has are originals, not copies. “As soon as our investigation ends, the National Archives of Korea will take official action regarding this incident,” Lee said.

Quoting current administration sources, the JoongAng Ilbo reported Monday that before vacating the Blue House earlier this year, Roh’s presidential aides moved the main computer server of the presidential office to Bongha Village in South Gyeongsang, where Roh now lives. Only about one percent of the information on how Roh governed the nation was handed over to the Lee administration, Lee aides complain."


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