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Intelligence turncoat has bail revoked, is held incommunicado

Intelligence turncoat has bail revoked, is held incommunicado

Taipei, March 13 (CNA) A retired military intelligence officer was detained Friday for allegedly recruiting spies for China and helping identify Taiwanese spies in that country. The Taiwan High Court granted a request by prosecutors that retired Major Wang Tsung-wu (???) be held incommunicado after he was released by a lower court on NT$500,000 (US$15,887) bail last week. His former rank was previously listed as colonel. The court granted the request after prosecutors summoned Wang for questioning on suspicions that he has leaked more secrets than he has admitted to and recruited more people than the individual who is also being prosecuted in the case. That man, identified only as a retired colonel surnamed Lin, was also released on bail last week. He was questioned again at the high court on Thursday but was allowed to go home afterwards. The two were former Military Intelligence Bureau officers with school ties. Wang worked undercover for Taiwan's government in China for 4 to 5 years, and after he retired, he was recruited by the Chinese in 2013, according to prosecutors. His assignment was to develop a spy network and gather information for the Chinese, prosecutors said. As a retired officer, Lin later became his recruit and the two met Chinese operatives on multiple trips to Southeast Asia paid for by the other side. Investigators found about US$100,000 each in the two former officers' bank accounts from suspicious sources. Wang and Lin have admitted to leaking information about active Taiwanese operatives to China, taking money and being treated to overseas trips, investigators said. They have also cooperated with investigators by providing information about the Chinese agents who they worked with. Disclosing information on active intelligence operatives is a serious violation of the National Intelligence Services Act, punishable by prison terms ranging from three to 10 years. For allegedly attempting to establish a spy network, Lin and Wang may also have violated the National Security Act. (By Paige Tsai and Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-29 01:12 GMT+08:00