Taiwanese general held for espionage
BY TAKIO MURAKAMI CORRESPONDENT
Gen. Lo Hsien-che (Provided by China Times)
TAIPEI--Taiwan has been shaken by the arrest of an army general alleged to have leaked classified information about the military's command and control system to China.
Military police are investigating Gen. Lo Hsien-che on suspicion of handing over critical information about the highly sophisticated communications system, which was jointly developed by the United States and Taiwan.
The allegations could erode not only the island's security but also the trust between Taipei and Washington, because the system is designed to work with the U.S. armed forces system in a contingency, local media outlets reported.
Wang Ming-wo, acting director of the Defense Ministry's Political Warfare Bureau, said Wednesday at a news conference that the general was recruited by the Chinese side from 2004, when he was stationed in Thailand.
Lo is believed to have provided sensitive information to Chinese contacts each time he went overseas on duty, even after he returned to Taiwan in 2005.
According to reports by local media, Lo was involved in the implementation of the communications system, which integrates the operational command of Taiwan's army, navy and air force.
Taiwan purchased the system from the United States during the Clinton administration.
In an apparent attempt to contain the damage, Wang said Lo's knowledge of the system is limited because he does not have access to classified data about the technology.
The Defense Ministry has formed an investigative team to determine the scope of the security breach.