13 July 2004

CIA says NO to ROH?

A member of the opposition Millennium Democratic Party (MDP) noted July 12 that South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun’s name is misspelled on the CIA website. While this may seem like a trifling thing, the South Korean government has been hosting several contests for people to identify errors about South Korea on websites around the world, yet it seems nobody noticed this one. Not only that, but for a country where they already feel Roh gets little recognition or respect from Washington (and not only Roh, but the whole country, given the withdrawal or movement of U.S. troops), this comes across as another slight. Petty? Perhaps, but one would think that an organization like the CIA could be a bit more politically savvy – unless this was intentional… (dramatic music plays here).

S. Korean President's Name Misspelled on CIA Site Since Last Year
SEOUL, July 12 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. intelligence agency has misspelled the name of the South Korean president on its Internet site since last year, and left it intact despite repeated calls for correction from the Seoul government, a lawmaker said Monday. The site of the Central Intelligence Agency gives the name of the South Korean head of state as "No Mu-hyun" instead of "Roh Moo-hyun," Rep. Sohn Bong-scuk of the minor opposition Millennium Democratic Party said.

From CIA World Factbook Website, July 12, 2004

Chief of state: President NO Mu-hyun (ROH Moo-hyun) (since 25 February 2003)
note: President NO was impeached on 12 March 2004; KO Kun is the acting president

From CIA Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments Website, July 12, 2004.

President NO Mu-hyon

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