The National Security Bureau yesterday confirmed that a senior military officer had been leaking information about the president's schedule and security arrangements.
\nColonel Chen Feng-lin (陳鳳麟) of the bureau's Special Service Center's logistics department confessed that he leaked classified information regarding security measures at President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) residence as well as the president's itinerary to Peng Tzu-wen (彭子文), a former director of the center who retired as a major general. Peng is now a frequent guest on various TV talk shows.
\nAll requests for an interview of Chen Feng-lin were declined. According to the bureau, Chen Feng-lin was forced to retire after he admitted to the breach of security, and he is not being investigated by military prosecutors.
\nThe bureau said that it had carried out polygraph tests on all its personnel since Aug. 4 on the president's request, after the president became concerned that the media was accurately following his itinerary, regardless of whether or not his schedule had been publicly released.
\nAs a result, he asked the bureau to carry out the testing to find out who was responsible for the leak.
\nOn Aug. 20, Chen Feng-lin told officials at the bureau that he had more than once told Peng about the president's schedule and security arrangements. Peng then took advantage of the information given by Chen Feng-lin to participate in different TV talk shows and discuss the information publicly.
\nIf Chen Feng-lin's confession is confirmed by military prosecutors and he is indicted, Peng's actions will also be considered a breach of national security, and he will face legal proceedings.
\nAs of press time, Peng refused to speak to reporters.
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