미투라고라 님이나 흐르는 강물 님과 비슷한 시각도 있고 거기에 반박하는 시각이 얼추 비슷비슷한 비율. 기사 댓글을 보자면 미국인들의 시각에서 이 문제를 CIA와의 관계 등으로 인한 고위직 임명에 반대하는 의견을 국수주의나 민족주의(?)로 보는 건 '조금' 지나칠 듯. 하지만 두 사람 의견을 완전히 뭉개버릴 정도는 아님.

U.S. tech giant named to South Korean Cabinet faces hitch over CIA ties에 달린 댓글들. 

오전 2시 현재 63개 정도의 댓글이 달렸는데 내용을 보면 아크로에서 갑론을박하는 것과 큰 차이는 없어 보이며 단지 미국인의 시각은 어떤가 보는 재미는 있을 듯함.

댓글 쟁점 중에 김 후보자가 유리텔 매각으로 번 돈이 자산의 대부분을 차지하는가, 아니면 CIA funding 기업체 설립(군산복합체로 지칭함)에서 나온 이익(다시 말해 미국민 세금)이 주를 이루는가도 있음. 
이런 경우 외국 정부 관료 임명을 금지하는 법안에 대해서도 일부 논쟁이 있음.
스파이에 관한 부분 역시 꽤 치열하게 논의. 그래봐야 아크로에서 어지간히 나온 수준.

기사 출처: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/us-tech-giant-named-to-south-korean-cabinet-faces-hitch-over-cia-ties/2013/02/22/e1e5ca0a-7c58-11e2-9a75-dab0201670da_story.html


이하 기사 댓글 일부 발췌:


Baracchio_2
2/24/2013 11:14 AM GMT+0900
I find it a tad ironic that some Americans are upset or resentful that this guy is doing what he is doing, yet it's OK with them when successful or bright foreigners who were educated or succeeded in their own native countries come to America and become American citizens, by renouncing their native citizenship and transferring their personal wealth to America. Where is it written that brain-drain must happen just to benefit America, forever, especially in a globalized world?


Truth Teller88
2/24/2013 4:35 AM GMT+0900
It's a sad situation when a person is willing to relinquish his citizenship to this country who gave him the opportunity to become educated, earn his wealth, and have the luxury to do whatever he wants, for something else. If he worked for the agency, then he shouldn't be allowed to represent a foreign country.

Baracchio_2
2/24/2013 10:51 AM GMT+0900
Gee, if he was offered a position of a cabinet secretary in the U.S. to satisfy his political ambition, perhaps he would've served the U.S., instead, but no president did, including Odumba who always talks about advancing technology to advance the U.S. economy. Korea's gain is America's loss, obviously - and perhaps a huge one in this case.


richardgrelber
2/24/2013 3:27 AM GMT+0900
What a stupid analogy. The US is a military ally of South Korea, with tens of thousands of troops there. The South Korean military is even under a joint command with the US forces there. What would it even mean to have a "mole" in such a situation?

R49Thomas
2/24/2013 1:19 AM GMT+0900
Isn't there some sort of law against US citizens serving in foreign governments or armies - save for one exception dear to Sister Jen's heart?

gregphillyburbs
2/24/2013 1:22 AM GMT+0900
Yes there is. But he seems to think blood is stronger than American patriotism, so he says he will give up his American citizenship. I true patriot (smirk)
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Hoya4692
2/24/2013 1:46 AM GMT+0900
P.S. I don't believe there is a law barring a U.S. citizen from serving in a foreign government. See Ambassador Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. and an Amcit.

shooting7sevens
2/24/2013 12:33 AM GMT+0900
Not like the KCIA and CIA aren't cooperating already. They don't need Kim to function as an operative on their behalf but no country would appoint a foreign national that worked in any capacity for an intelligence service to high office. If the Koreans don't want Kim then he should decline the post.

krasotking
2/24/2013 12:28 AM GMT+0900
I think Mr. Kim has been put between a rock and hard place. If he accepts the nomination, he'll likely to lose amid all the suspicions about his true loyalties, and those suspicions will linger for a long time afterwards in both Korea and here. If he refused, he would be accused by many Koreans of disloyalty or of just just not caring enough about his native land. This seems to be a real lose-lose situation for him.

magnifco1000
2/23/2013 11:47 PM GMT+0900
Even friendly countries spy on each other. Look at Pollard. There are lots of reasons to spy on S Korea, one being to gather information on technical advances that could advance US interests and companies. The S Koreans? I don't know why they'd put a spy into such a high level position


gregphillyburbs
2/24/2013 1:23 AM GMT+0900
Remember pollard is in jail. Hope he rots there, despite the Israeli moves to get that traitor out.

shovav
2/23/2013 11:08 PM GMT+0900
Given that without the US and the CIA, all those South Koreans would be under the heel of the Dear Leader of the Day, they should be praying every day for the success of the CIA. Probably the most intense critics are those on the Left (the Dear Leader claque) and those on the only Korea is good nationalist right.

conrad1997
2/23/2013 10:48 PM GMT+0900
If the US and Korea have conflicting interests, whose interests will he support?

i35daredevil
2/23/2013 10:25 PM GMT+0900
He's definitely qualified (overqualified actually), but that's point, where he got his qualifications. We have dual citizens in the US Congress and some were very high up in the Bush administration. Not good. He should start some new companies in korea and hire locals there if he really wants to be the returning hero.

djaichandra
2/23/2013 9:26 PM GMT+0900
It is always a hard decision for countrymen to view key positions being offered to individuals wtih close connection to Intelligence organizations such as CIA. The opposition will always make a case against it. On the other hand, it is an advantage for the country like S. Korea to have person of such repute as Kim to be in the cabinet with powerful allies and close friends in a powerful country which could sway decisons in Korea's favor during critical junctures. For Kim, it is question of being morality and ethically upright and not sell out a country where he was born just for politifal expediency.

regphillyburbs
2/24/2013 1:25 AM GMT+0900
I hope pressure from the South Korean public will prevent this ill advised choice.

Hoya4692
2/24/2013 2:03 AM GMT+0900
Ill-advised for whom?

dmblum
2/23/2013 3:15 PM GMT+0900
I live in Korea and this guy has no chance whatsoever given the level of suspicion and (not general, but in certain segments of the population) anti-Americanism. I'd give 1000 to 1 odds he's approved (and then he would likely be greasing some palms to get in. He's got the money to do so).

richardgrelber
2/24/2013 3:29 AM GMT+0900
But the anti-Americanism is mainly among the opposition, and they don't have a majority in the national assembly, do they?

patb
2/23/2013 3:04 PM GMT+0900
By seeking Foreign Citizenship and a role in a foreign government, he would ordinarily endanger his Clearance. 

magnifco1000
2/23/2013 2:02 PM GMT+0900
I bet his job is suppose to be to keep an eye on South Korea and the North, South relationship. He reports directly back to US intelligence. How much of his earlier success is from the CIA propping him up? That's why the K Koreans are concerned.

Hoya4692
2/23/2013 8:53 PM GMT+0900
You are quite foolish if you think any of his earlier success was from the CIA propping him up. He made his money the old fashioned capitalist way -- hard work, smarts, and taking enntrepeneurial risks.

shovav
2/23/2013 11:11 PM GMT+0900
South Koreans should remember that without the CIA and US there WOULD BE no South Korea.

shooting7sevens
2/24/2013 12:45 AM GMT+0900
Given that embassies and diplomatic posts are cover for intelligence operations (the State Department "Annex" in Benghazi which the embassy staff retreated to was actually a CIA base), Lilley's appointment would not be surprising. Many State Dept. personnel are actually not conducting diplomacy. Placing spies under diplomatic cover is standard practice and an open secret. Korea would not complain about Lilley when they mostly likely do the same. Most intelligence agencies also are aware of who belongs to a mission and what the nature of their work is. They can expel or revoke the credentials of anyone they find objectionable but recognize the target nation will retaliate in kind as is often the case when the U.S. and Russia feud.


njglea
2/24/2013 1:04 AM GMT+0900
Hoya, he made his money off OUR taxpayer dollars.

Hoya4692
2/24/2013 1:14 AM GMT+0900
And that distinguishes Mr. Kim from any other defense contractor who "made [their] money off OUR taxpayer dollars." Gee, I seem to recall Dick "Five Deferments Cheney Because I Had Other Priorities" Cheney made millions off of taxpayer dollars from Halliburton. At least Mr. Kim served as a Navy Nuke and wasn't a draftdodging chickenhawk like Cheney, et al.  

shooting7sevens
2/24/2013 12:45 AM GMT+0900
Given that embassies and diplomatic posts are cover for intelligence operations (the State Department "Annex" in Benghazi which the embassy staff retreated to was actually a CIA base), Lilley's appointment would not be surprising. Many State Dept. personnel are actually not conducting diplomacy. Placing spies under diplomatic cover is standard practice and an open secret. Korea would not complain about Lilley when they mostly likely do the same. Most intelligence agencies also are aware of who belongs to a mission and what the nature of their work is. They can expel or revoke the credentials of anyone they find objectionable but recognize the target nation will retaliate in kind as is often the case when the U.S. and Russia feud.


njglea
2/24/2013 1:04 AM GMT+0900
Hoya, he made his money off OUR taxpayer dollars.


Hoya4692
2/24/2013 1:14 AM GMT+0900
And that distinguishes Mr. Kim from any other defense contractor who "made [their] money off OUR taxpayer dollars." Gee, I seem to recall Dick "Five Deferments Cheney Because I Had Other Priorities" Cheney made millions off of taxpayer dollars from Halliburton. At least Mr. Kim served as a Navy Nuke and wasn't a draftdodging chickenhawk like Cheney, et al.  


Hoya4692
2/24/2013 1:16 AM GMT+0900
P.S. and my comment to magnifico is in response to his unfounded allegation that Mr. Kim somehow made his earlier money from being propped up by the CIA. There is zero evidence in that regard, and it appears that Mr. Kim made his money like any other high tech entrepeneur. His association with the Agency occurred only later in his life.  
 
Unlike idiots like W who made his $$$ of his name and connections.


gregphillyburbs
2/24/2013 1:28 AM GMT+0900
As part of the military industrial complex, I bet my bottom dollar that his ties to the CIA helped him,to amass his fortune. Unfortunately, we the taxpayers are on the hook.


Hoya4692
2/24/2013 2:02 AM GMT+0900
He sold off his initial enterprise in 1998 FOR $1 billion, long before he was on an advisory board to the CIA. Did he make his money off of defense industry/contracting research? Sure. That's an entirely different animal than somehow he received covert funding from the CIA as suggested by magnifco. Once again, how is he any different than any other high tech entrepreneur who made money as part of the military industrial complex. You seem to like to make stuff up, like your definitive statement that there is a law against serving in a foreign government.

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shooting7sevens
3/5/2013 5:37 AM GMT+0900
He made the right decision. The South Koreans are smart people and if they didn't want him then that is their choice to make. Plenty of Koreans can serve admirably in the post. His links to the intelligence community were a legitimate concern and I suspect if the shoe was on the other foot, Americans would be suspicious of a foreign national linked to the intelligence services of another nation.
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