Cops broadcast arrest plans

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SYDNEY (AFP) – Australian police accidentally broadcast on social media details of an operation to arrest a suspected North Korean agent – three days before he was taken into custody, media reported. The Sydney-based man, described by authorities as a “loyal agent of North Korea”, was arrested on Saturday and charged with trying to sell missile parts and technology on the black market to raise money for Pyongyang. But a minute of conversation about the case between federal police officers, including the timing of the arrest, was broadcast on Periscope on Wednesday and linked to on Twitter, The West Australian reported yesterday. The paper added that while the tweet was deleted, the broadcast remained live – and was watched by 40 people – before it was also removed after the publication alerted federal police.

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