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Lien seeking to expose mole in campaign staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- According to the Chinese-language United Evening News, core members of Kuomintang (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien's (連勝文) campaign staff suspect that there may be a mole within the team who has been leaking information to Lien's competitor, independent Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).

Lien's campaign staff reported various "coincidences" that transpired at times too convenient to the advantage of Ko's campaign to be ignored.

Examples provided by Lien's campaign included Ko's trip to the famous Xing Tian Temple (行天宮) on the final day before the temple implemented their smoke and litter free regulations, while Lien had intended to visit the temple on the first day of the enforcement of the new regulations.

Lien's campaign tactics are also thought to have been leaked multiple times. Lien's staff said campaign platforms that are under development such as a video addressing the "Top 10 Reasons to Vote Lien" have been parodied by netizens; even the developing military strategy that is being formulated by Lien's mayoral campaign director, Legislator Alex Tsai (蔡正元), was brought up and exposed on a political talk show.

Reportedly, Lien's core campaign advisors suspect that in light of the various convenient coincidences, the possibility of a mole within the organization is extremely high. The core members have allegedly said that precautionary measures will soon be implemented, such as tighter control over who attends policy meetings.

Lien's campaign staff have also stated that, aside from preventing further tactics being leaked, Lien is in need of integrating campaign strategy advice from Taipei KMT legislators as well as achieving unity and consensus between his campaign and his fellow Taipei KMT politicians.

No Need to Control Opponent's Agenda: Ko Camp

In response to rumors of a mole from the Lien camp, Ko's campaign spokeswoman Chien Yu-yen (簡余晏) stated that Ko does not need to have control over his opponent's agenda. Chien also said it seems that information has also been leaked from Ko's end, with the campaign team not ruling out the possibility of a mole. However, Chien said she believes that anyone with intentions to sabotage Ko's election would eventually be won over by Ko and become a real contributor to his campaign.

Ko said yesterday that he would use the English word "Choice" to describe this campaign.

Alluding to U.S. President Barack Obama's emphasis of the word "Change" in his 2008 election campaign, Ko said he hopes people can make their choice with their votes to change their fate and their history.

In response to New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu's recent invitation for a meeting, Ko said that maybe they can have a long discussion onboard bus route 307.

Ko has previously proposed to make changes to the city's bus routes, including the popular bus route 307 in his plan to modify the public transportation system in the greater Taipei area.

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