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Chang leaked secrets in 2 stages: TDPO

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Principal Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) and his assistants were held by the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office (TDPO) for questioning for 12 hours over the case of leaked state secrets until early morning yesterday.

Investigators suspect that Chang Hsien-yao leaked states secret in two stages. The first stage included his secretary Chang Su-ling (張素玲) and his former assistant Chen Hung-yi (陳宏義). Both of them were long-time associates of Chang Hsien-yao. The second stage involved a Taiwanese businessman who later passed the information along to the mainland Chinese authorities.

According to investigators, Chang Hsien-yao was very careful when communicating to prevent leaving any evidence. Although they suspect that Chang may have been involved in illegal acts two years ago, the lack of evidence is hampering the investigation.

After monitoring Chang Hsien-yao's secretary and other staff members for nearly two years, they managed to intercept a fax sent by Chang Su-ling from the MAC, which contained information on cross-strait airspace.

Investigators cite this as the first evidence of possible leaks of state secrets. The Bureau of Investigation, Ministry of Justice has continued to follow up on this case and has intercepted 30 documents including two top-secret files, four secret documents and 24 confidential documents.

According to reports, Chang Hsien-yao seldom contacted the Taiwanese businessman by phone for fear of being monitored. They usually communicated through Line, a free mobile app, which is more difficult to monitor. Although investigators have intercepted some messages, they cannot decipher the information within.

After prosecutors summoned Chang Hsien-yao and other related parties for questioning, investigators also confiscated their cellphones.

In addition, since Chang Hsien-yao's driver, surnamed Li, drove him to meet the Taiwanese businessman on multiple occasions, prosecutors also suspect that Chang Hsien-yao may have given the documents directly to the businessman. Therefore, prosecutors also summoned Li to help with the investigation.

Result of 12-hour Interview

After 12 hours of questioning, Chang Hsien-yao stated that the abnormal length of the interview was due to the excessive number of prosecutors' questions. He declined to reveal any additional details.

Spokesman for the TDPO Huang Mou-hsin pointed out that prosecutors believe that there is no need to further restrict Chang Hsien-yao's movements at this stage since he has already been given a residential restriction, guaranteeing that he shows up if further interviews are required.

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