Subcommittee on International Organizations of the Committee on International Relations

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The Subcommittee on International Organizations of the Committee on International Relations (also known as the Fraser Committee) was a committee of the United States House of Representatives which met in 1976 and 1977 and conducted an investigation into South Korea–United States relations. It was chaired by Representative Donald M. Fraser of Minnesota. The committee's 447-page report, made public on November 29, 1977, reported on plans by the National Intelligence Service (South Korea) (KCIA) to manipulate American institutions to the advantage of South Korean government policies, overtly and covertly.[1]

Among the topics the committee's report covered were South Korean plans to plant an intelligence network in the White House and to influence the United States Congress, newsmedia, clergy, and educators.[2][3] The committee found that the KCIA decided to work with the Unification Church of the United States and that some church members worked as volunteers in Congressional offices. Together they founded the Korean Culture and Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit organization which undertook a public diplomacy campaign for the Republic of Korea.[4] The committee also investigated possible KCIA influence on the Unification Church's campaign in support of Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal.[5]

The report of the committee also found that the KCIA planned to grant money to American universities in order to attempt to influence them for political purposes.[6] It also said that the KCIA had harassed and intimidated South Koreans living in the United States if they protested against Republic of Korea government policies.[7]

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  1. ^ House Unit Discloses Korean Plan To Manipulate U.S. Organizations; House Unit Discloses South Korea Plan to Manipulate U.S. Organizations, ’’New York Times’’, November 30, 1977
  2. ^ Intelligence Net Bared in Probe, Associated Press, Spokane Daily Chronicle, November 29, 1977
  3. ^ New York Times, 1977-11-30
  4. ^ Sara Diamond (1989). Spiritual Warfare: The Politics of the Christian Right. South End Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-89608-361-5.
  5. ^ Ex-aide of Moon Faces Citation for Contempt, Associated Press, Eugene Register-Guard, August 5, 1977
  6. ^ South Korea's Academic Lobby, Bruce Cummings, Japan Policy Research Center, University of San Francisco, May 1996, "The U.S. House investigation of Koreagate (known as the Fraser committee, after its head, Donald Fraser, a Democrat from Minnesota) got hold of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency's 1976 plan for operations in the U.S., which contained a section titled "Operations in Academic and Religious Circles." It called for spreading money around to change the attitudes of anti-ROK scholars in the U.S. The committee concluded that:'...the Korean Government attempted to use grants to influence American universities for political purposes. . . .The KCIA played a large role in these efforts.'"
  7. ^ Third World Quarterly. Carfax Publishing Company. January 1987.

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