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Retired intelligence officer indicted for security violations


A retired military intelligence officer has been indicted on charges of collecting and leaking classified information that was published in his book, officials said yesterday.

Pang Ta-wei (龐大為), a former deputy section chief of the Military Intelligence Bureau, was indicted on Sept. 17, said a spokesman for the Prosecutors' Office of the High Court.

"He was indicted on charges of jeopardizing national security by collecting and leaking national defense secrets," the spokesman said. "His offence is clear. He did not destroy the classified information as he was required to do. Rather, he printed it in his book."

The spokesman said Pang had been barred from leaving the country.

The Bureau of Investigation launched a probe of the case in 2004 after Pang revealed what the bureau said were national secrets in a book, the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times' sister newspaper) said, including documents relating to his unit's spying operation on China from 1992 to 1997.

Pang faces a 12-year jail term if convicted.

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