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Presidential Office ‘spy’ seeks to resume work

DIFFERENT SECTION If Wang Ren-bing, a career civil servant, is not found guilty of espionage, he could be allowed to work at the Presidential Office once again

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

An employee at the Presidential Office involved in an espionage case has applied to be allowed to resume work, the Presidential Office said yesterday.

Presidential Office Spokesman Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) said Wang Ren-bing (王仁炳), a career civil servant, had every right to apply and had already filed the request.

If Wang Ren-bing’s request was granted, he would be transferred to a different position where he would not be handling classified information, the spokesman said.

Wang Ren-bing was indicted on charges of providing classified information to China.

He was detained in January for allegedly handing over classified documents to his friend Chen Pin-jen (陳品仁), who allegedly passed them on to Chinese intelligence officers.

Wang Ren-bing was charged with violating the National Security Act (國安法) by leaking documents gathered during the last three years of former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) term.

The leaked documents contained information about Chen’s foreign visits, his political efforts against China and aid given to diplomatic allies. Information related to President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) inauguration in May last year is also believed to have been leaked by them.

Prosecutors recommended a three-year jail term for both.

The court has yet to rule on the cases.

Wang Ren-bing is the first presidential office employee known to be accused of spying for China.

China has denied any involvement in the Wang Ren-bing case, calling the allegations pure fiction.

Wang Ren-bing began working at the Presidential Office in 2001 in the office of former deputy ­secretary-general Chen Che-nan (陳哲男). After Chen Che-nan’s departure, Wang Ren-bing continued to work at the office of the deputy secretary-general under Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) and Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍).

Wang Ren-bing then asked for a transfer to the Department of Special Affairs in April last year after the Democratic Progressive Party lost the presidential election the previous month.

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