The 'Observer' column in the December 3 issue of the South China Morning Post included groundless allegations of wiretapping by the South Korean government. By reporting without critical screening the self-serving claims of some politicians in this presidential election season, your newspaper actually helped distort the truth and mislead readers. The column alleged that 'the wiretapping was on such a scale that it is difficult to imagine anyone other than a government agency being capable of conducting such an operation'. I want to make it clear that the South Korean government has never been involved in unlawful wiretapping based on conjecture by the opposition Grand National Party, which is yet to reveal the source of its allegations as requested by the South Korean government. The article also claimed that the 'allegations that [President Kim Dae-jung] secretly arranged a payment of US$400 million to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in order to secure the summit meeting in Pyongyang in 2000 have gone unanswered'. Again, this is misleading as the government has clarified several times that there was no such deal, and the opposition party also has failed to present convincing evidence to back up its claim. The article said South Korea 'already has a history of sending former presidents to jail . . . It would be a shame if Kim Dae-jung, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, should be confronted with a similar fate. It is in his own interests to get to the bottom of the eavesdropping affairs'. This is not only based totally on politically motivated claims, but is also an unwarranted insult to our head of state. YUM LEE Information Officer Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea.