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Agencies hold security meeting

CLOSING THE BARN DOOR:The arrest of two Military Intelligence Bureau officials on charges of espionage have lighted weaknesses the session was set to address

By Tsao Po-yen and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The National Security Bureau yesterday held a meeting attended by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and other national security agencies on the establishment of more effective methods to maintain national security in the wake of former Military Intelligence Bureau official Major Wang Tsung-wu’s (王宗武) detainment on charges of spying for China.

Wang and Colonel Lin Han (林翰) were detained and questioned on Thursday on suspicion of selling classified material to the Chinese, including lists of Taiwanese undercover agents and their activities in China.

Wang and Lin were released on bail of NT$500,000 (US$15,908) and NT$150,000 respectively. Both men are barred from leaving the country while investigations are ongoing.

According to the bureau, the meeting dealt with enforcing national security, how to conduct internal investigations, preventing leaks of confidential information, internal security management, information technology security and national security regulations.

The meeting’s purpose was to share information and practical experience between all national security and intelligence branches, as well as ensuring related agencies are capable of coming up with new ways of ensuring security and deterring espionage, the bureau said.

All national security and intelligence agencies should shift focus in accordance with the current situation and increase intelligence gathering efficiency, the bureau said.

We must ensure national security and social stability by effectively maintaining orderly cross-strait interactions, the bureau said.

Ma said during the meeting that the national security teams and intelligence agencies should focus on growing the nation’s anti-infiltration capabilities, as well as stepping up internal security management.

Such measures would effectively prevent foreign nations from infiltrating Taiwan, and support a capable national security system, Ma said, adding that it would also serve to protect national interests.

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