Taiwan confirms US role in cracking China spy case

Taiwan`s defence minister has confirmed for the first time that tip-offs offered by the US had helped crack Island`s worst espionage case in 50 years.

Last Updated: Mar 08, 2011, 21:06 PM IST

Taipei: Taiwan`s defence minister has
confirmed for the first time that tip-offs offered by the
United States had helped crack the island`s worst espionage
case in 50 years, an official said on Tuesday.

Thanks to the US information, "it took only three months
for the military and national security units to crack the
case", minister Kao Hua-chu said in parliament yesterday,
according to his spokesman.

Taiwan authorities in January arrested Major General Lo
Hsien-che over claims that he spied for China, reportedly
after he was lured by sex and money offered by a female
Chinese agent on a 2002-2005 posting to Thailand.
The 51-year-old was head of the army`s telecommunications
and electronic information department, according to the
defence ministry, which said it was Taiwan`s most serious
espionage case in five decades.

he minister did not go into detail about the information
that Lo may have leaked to China, nor did he say how the US
authorities became alarmed.

Taiwan`s China Times newspaper cited an unnamed security
source as saying that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation
had come across Lo while probing another espionage case in the
United States.
In that case, the FBI accused Kuo Tai-shen, a US citizen
who was born in Taiwan, of obtaining secret military documents
from Pentagon employee Gregg William Bergersen and passing
them onto Beijing.

Bureau Report