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2012 ELECTIONS: Spying documents shredded: source

‘AN-PING-SHUN PROJECT’:A legislator accused the prosecutor-general of dragging his feet in opening up an investigation into alleged government spying on candidates

By Chris Wang  /  Staff Reporter

Taiwan should learn from the Watergate scandal in the US, he said, because only the media and the public — not government agencies themselves — could monitor the government at all times.

In a press statement, the MJIB said the bureau had a mission codenamed “An-Ping-Shun Project” or “Ping-Shun Project” that provided security in various elections.

The mission code was used in elections held when the DPP was in power, it said.

The bureau said Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Sun Ta-chien (孫大千) had questioned former minister of justice Chen Ding-nan (陳定南) about the “Ping-Shun Project” in a question-and-answer session at the legislature on Feb. 23, 2004.

Chen said at the time that the “Ping-Shun Project” was the -codename for the bureau’s security efforts in every election, and his remarks were reported by media at the time, the bureau said.

Alleging that the “An-Ping-Shun Project” or “Ping-Shun Project” is an effort to spy on specific candidates is wrong, it said.

In early August last year, the DPP said that the e-mail accounts of senior officials and staff at Tsai’s office had been hacked and that confidential information had been stolen. An investigation had traced the attacks to IP addresses from Xinhua news agency bureaus in Beijing and Malaysia, addresses in Australia, as well as the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission in Taipei, it said at the time.

The attacks reportedly started in March — the same month Tsai Ying-wen officially launched her presidential campaign — and spiked in May, sources told the Taipei Times in September.

The government also denied any involvement in that case.

Additional reporting by Rich Chang and staff reporter

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