The Nation: Still Waiting for Harvest Time

A Korean indicted, but no trials in sight

The long, plodding investigation of Korean lobbying in the U.S. stepped up a notch last week. With much fanfare, the Justice Department released a previously sealed indictment charging Tongsun Park, the onetime Washington rice-and-influence broker, with 36 violations of federal statutes, including conspiracy to bribe Congressmen, mail fraud, illegal campaign gifts, and failure to register as an agent of the South Korean government. Hinting that more indictments might be coming, Attorney General Griffin Bell suggested coyly, "We'll have to see what the harvest will bring."

Just whom Bell had in mind was not altogether certain....