Taiwan's defense jeopardized by double agent: ex-spy chief
AFPTAIPEI -- Taiwan's ability to defend itself in the event of a Chinese invasion has been badly compromised by the island's worst espionage case in 50 years, an ex-spy chief has warned.
February 14, 2011, 11:42 pm TWN
Ting Yu-chou, former secretary general of Taiwan's National Security Council, said the island's plans for repelling invading forces needed to be entirely rethought following the arrest of a senior communications operative on charges of spying for Beijing.
Taiwanese military brass have been scrambling to contain the possible fallout since Major General Lo Hsien-che was arrested last month.
The 51-year-old was in charge of the army's telecommunications and electronic information department. Reports said he would have had access to highly sensitive information of great value to the mainland.
“Since I have served as the army commander-in-chief, military intelligence chief and National Security Bureau chief, I fully understand the importance of Lo's position,” Ting told the Taipei-based China Times.
“The worst damage wrought by Lo could be on the army's defense operation plans,” he said.
Ting said “Lo was deeply involved in Taiwan's military wargames and supposed to be familiar with the island's countermeasures against the Chinese communists.”
Although Taiwan's defense ministry said it was not immediately clear how much harm Lo had caused Taiwan's military, Ting urged the defense ministry “to prepare for the worst.
“The army's defense operation plans, from the codename to the content, must be revised.”
Local media said prosecutors had seized highly-confidential documents while searching Lo's office.
Some reportedly detail the Po Sheng (Broad Victory) system, a sophisticated command, control and communications network that Taiwan is purchasing from U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin at a cost of NT$46 billion (US$1.6 billion).
China is believed to be very interested in learning more about the project, which gives the Taiwanese military some access to U.S. intelligence systems, the China Times said.
Other documents include the army's procurement of 30 Boeing-made Apache AH-64D Longbow attack helicopters and the army's underground optical fiber network system, it said.