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Liu case controversy: Hong Kong newspaper prints secret NSB details

STAFF WRITER

A Hong Kong newspaper yesterday published contents of alleged classified documents from Taiwan's National Security Bureau (NSB), less than a week after an uproar in Taiwan over media revelations of secret NSB accounts.

The Sing Tao Daily claimed it held three top-secret NSB files chronicling Taiwan's unofficial diplomatic maneuvers in the US. One of the documents details a 1998 meeting in a Taipei restaurant between then president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) and the head of the US public relations firm Cassidy and Associates, in which plans were drawn up to lobby then Texas governor George W. Bush, who was seen as the most promising candidate for the US presidency. The document also reveals that Taiwan spends more than US$7 million on lobbying efforts in Washington, the paper said.

A second document identifies Carl W. Ford, now assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research in the Bush administration, as an important figure in Taiwan's lobbying efforts, the paper said.

The third document records visits by Ford to Taiwan's NSB in November 1999 and March 2000, the paper said, adding that the NSB spent more than NT$400,000 entertaining Ford during the visits.

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