SEOUL:- South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Monday hit out at “groundless” rumours circling her administration, some of which have touched on her personal life and triggered defamation suits against domestic and foreign media outlets.
“There have been a lot of groundless allegations. It’s time to reveal the truth so that people should not be thrown into confusion any more,” Park said in televised comments to senior advisers.
The latest allegation, made by the local Segye Times daily, is that a former Park aide, Jeong Yun-Hoe, who holds no official administration position, has been meddling in state affairs.
Citing an internal presidential office document, the Unification Church-owned newspaper said Jeong received regular briefings from senior presidential officials, and had pushed for the dismissal of Park’s current chief-of-staff.
The presidential Blue House insists the document is inaccurate and state prosecutors launched a probe Monday into how it came to be leaked.
The officials named as those who briefed Jung have filed a defamation suit against the Segye Times.