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FORMER SECURITY OFFICIAL DENIES LEAKING SECRETS TO MAINLAND CHINA

2004-04-13 23:22:29

    Taipei, April 13 (CNA) A retired senior officer from the National Security Bureau (NSB) claimed Tuesday that he went to work in mainland China because he did not know he was forbidden by law from visiting the mainland even after retirement, but he added that would be prepared to subject himself to investigation to prove he did not leak classified information to the mainland authorities.

    Pan Hsi-hsien, the former chief of the personnel office at the National Security Bureau, said he returned to Taiwan April 10 and is confident that he has done nothing to harm either the NSB or the country.

    He said he regretted embarrassing the NSB and making it a target of criticism.

    Pan, who holds the military rank of major general, caused an uproar in 2000 when the NSB found he had gone to work at a Taiwanese plant on the mainland months after retiring from the NSB.

    Pan was detained by Beijing's public security officials for questioning after his background was revealed by Taiwan's media. He said his travel documents were seized by public security officials and was not able to leave until early this month.

(By Maubo Chang)

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