The South Korean government has confirmed their civil service staff engaged in insider trading during the banning and unbanning of crypto exchanges in the country according to one of their biggest newspaper, Joongang Daily.
“There is intelligence that the Financial Supervisory Service staff sold all of the virtual money that they invested just prior to the announcement of the government’s measures,” a lawmaker is quoted as stating, before he adds according to a rough translation:
“The government, which can earn profits from insider trading, can hit the back of the ant. When the government goes back and forth, the ants are bent and the government is investing.”
Ants are a big symbol in Asia with the analogy seemingly suggesting the government has power to move the market and when it bans and unbans while the government is investing it profits from the market moves it itself creates at the expense of its citizens.
“We have confirmed the intelligence,” Choi Hyung-sik, the head of the Financial Supervisory Commission, said. “We have confirmed that a part of the public officials have done such an act,” said Chief of the Office of the Prime Minister, Hong Nam-ki.
They are now considering taking action against the civil servants who engaged in insider trading with further reports suggesting the country’s central bank “will soon announce to employees the work instructions to stop the virtual currency transaction at work time through the internal network.”
With crypto being 24/7 such limitation seems very limited indeed, but it is quite interesting even government official in the country are holding or in this case buying and selling crypto.