Air Force major indicted for selling intel to China
March 14, 2014, 12:09 am TWN
TAIPEI--An Air Force major and a karaoke club owner have been indicted for disclosing military secrets to China, prosecutors in Kaohsiung said yesterday.
Major Hao Chih-hsiung, who served at the Air Force base in Pingtung County, and local businessman Wan Tsung-lin are accused of selling China classified information about Taiwan's E-2K early warning aircraft.
Their contact with China was discovered last June during a different espionage investigation and they were detained in September after prosecutors found that the two men had money in their bank accounts from an unknown source, according to the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office's Kaohsiung Branch.
Hao allegedly passed on intelligence to China about the early warning aircraft, using Wan and another Taiwanese businessman as intermediaries, prosecutors said.
Wan was running a karaoke club near the Air Force base in Pingtung, while the other businessman, a friend of his, was based in China, prosecutors said
Hao was paid between NT$300,000 (US$9,899.68) and NT$400,000 for his efforts, according to prosecutors.