Fri, Nov 03, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take: Ma denies spy claim

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday denied that he had assigned a bodyguard to People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) as a way to collect information on Soong. Soong claimed in an interview with SET TV on Wednesday night that his Taipei Police Department bodyguard had secretly passed on his schedule and other information to Ma and the city government. Ma said yesterday that the city government had approved the bodyguard in response to a request by the PFP for Soong's protection last April. Ma added that he would never collect information on Soong. The bodyguard's job was to protect Soong, not gather information about him, Ma said, adding, "It would be unnecessary to do so, in any case." Ma said that he may contact Soong in an effort to clarify the issue.

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