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AIT declines comment on 'surveillance facility' report

ROC Central News Agency

2013/10/31 23:13:44

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the de facto U.S. embassy to Taiwan in the absence of formal ties, said Thursday it would not comment on any reports or speculation about U.S. surveillance and intelligence operations.

AIT spokesman Mark Zimmer's remarks came after a Wednesday report from Australian Broadcasting Corp. that said the United States has maintained a surveillance facility in its representative office in Taipei.

A classified map released by former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. had set up surveillance facilities in its embassies and consulates in a number of Asia-Pacific cities, the ABC report said.

The cities identified were Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Yangon, Manila, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai and Beijing.

Zimmer, however, told CNA that the AIT would not respond to such reports or speculation.

Nevertheless, he cited U.S. President Barack Obama in saying that the U.S. government will seriously reevaluate its intelligence operations.

(By Angela Tsai and Sofia Wu)

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