Army officer transferred as espionage probe spreads
CNATAIPEI--The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said yesterday that an Army officer has been transferred after one of his relatives was found to have been allegedly involved in an espionage case.
February 6, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Media reports said Army Maj. Gen. Wu Chin-chun, who originally headed the MND's legislative liaison office, was transferred to a nonleadership position last week over his relative's alleged involvement in the case in which Chang Chih-hsin, a former chief officer in charge of political warfare at the Naval Meteorology Oceanography (METOC) Office, was detained last September on suspicion of obtaining classified information through former military colleagues and using it for illegal gains.
MND spokesman Mag. Gen. Luo Shou-he said Wu had been temporarily reassigned to help with the investigation into his relative's alleged role in the case. He did not elaborate.
Wu, reportedly a trusted aide to Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu, was the second senior military officer to be named in as many days as having been transferred after being accused of involvement in Chang's suspected leaks of submarine nautical charts to China.
On Monday, the MND confirmed that a rear admiral had been questioned by military prosecutors the previous week in connection with the investigation into the case.
The ministry stopped short of revealing the officer's name.
The Chinese-language United Daily News (UDN) first reported the new twist in the case that same day.
It said that a senior naval officer in active service was questioned the previous week and transferred to Navy Command Headquarters to facilitate follow-up inquiries after serving as a fleet commander.
The paper also said that Chang, along with a lieutenant at Naval Fleet Command and a retired missile officer in the Navy, had been detained and indicted on charges of leaking military secrets for illegal gain.
On Tuesday, the UDN further revealed Wu's relative's alleged connection with the case.
The paper said military prosecutors were still questioning Wu's relative in order to determine whether to summon Wu for questioning.