Sunday, 18 July 2010

Pulling The Rug Beneath Our Feet

"The Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) in February last year reported that the National Security Council may have ordered the National Security Bureau to cease recruitment of agents to work inside China."
I have my differences with J. Michael Cole, but this is an important story. Intelligence on the internal military and political dynamics inside China is vital to the security of anyone who values his or her freedom in Taiwan. That the current KMT government may be standing down Taiwanese intelligence agents inside China is, whilst not completely shocking, certainly outrageous enough to be a front page story. In consideration of how governments generally operate, I'd have thought that any government at least sincerely claiming to serve the nation (however misguided that may be as an ethical conclusion) would be able to count on sufficiently serendipitous accidents to ensure not only that stories like this failed to appear in the press, but that the espionage perpetrator would never know what came of his actions.

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