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`N0 MEANS' TO DO WIDESPREAD ILLEGAL TELEPHONE BUGGING: MIB

2004-03-08 23:01:10

    Taipei, march 8 (CNA) The Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB) has neither the means, nor the necessity, nor the nerve to illegally bug 80 percent of the telephone conversations made in Taiwan, a senior MIB officer said Monday.

    Speaking at the Legislative Yuan, MIB Executive Director Hsieh Chien-chang disputed as "outrageous and exaggerated" a local newspaper report that the MIB is bugging, without approval, more than 80 percent of the telephone calls in Taiwan.

    Given the fact there are between 800,000 and 1.5 million phone calls made in Taiwan every day, Hsieh said that as it takes an average of about 20 minutes to monitor one single call, "it would be a tremendous workload if the MIB were to monitor 80 percent of the phone calls every day." "The MIB is a unit devoted to gathering information about Beijing, and its job of keeping a close eye on Beijing's military movements is enormous enough to require all its resources. It simply has neither the means, nor the necessity nor the nerve to carry out illegal bugging," he said.

    A telecommunications director at the MIB also denied on the same occasion that there is any illegal bugging at the MIB, stressing that his office carries out its work according to the law.

(By Maubo Chang)

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