No clas­si­fied info in Apache pho­tos: MND

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

The Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense (MND) yes­ter­day said that the pho­tos of pow­ered- down AH-64E Apache Mil­i­tary As­sault he­li­copters that have be­come the cen­ter of me­dia at­ten­tion have not leaked any sen­si­tive and clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion.

Ini­tially, much of the crit­i­cism in the on­go­ing case has been cen­tered around the pho­tos re­leased by lo­cal TV per­son­al­ity Janet Lee ( ). The pho­tos had al­legedly breached se­cu­rity pro­to­cols for re­leas­ing im- ages of clas­si­fied soft­ware that in­stalled on the Apache chop­pers.

How­ever, dur­ing a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, the MND spokesman Luo Shao-he ( ) said that ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided from the U.S., all in­for­ma­tion that was al­legedly re­vealed through the pho­tos had al­ready been re­viewed and ap­proved by the United States Army.

Re­port­edly, the U.S. Army had said that the ex­te­rior and the in­te­rior of the chop­pers do not risk leak­ing sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion when pow­ered down, and that the U.S.

is Army has pub­li­cally dis­played the same in­for­ma­tion mul­ti­ple times dur­ing var­i­ous public events and ex­pos.

In re­gards to MND In­spec­tor­Gen­eral Lt. Gen. Thomp­son Chen’s ( ) com­ments that the tac­ti­cal hel­met Lt. Col. Lao Nai-cheng ( ) re­moved from one of the chop­pers with­out au­tho­riza­tion only cost NT$18,000, Luo said that the Apache hel­mets are known as the In­te­grated Hel­met And Dis­play Sight Sys­tem (IHADSS).

Luo said that with­out hav­ing the dis­play sys­tems at­tached to the hel­met, as seen in Lao’s pic­ture which has sparked wide­spread crit­i­cism, the hel­met is no dif­fer­ent than a regular hel­met seen on the streets. With the sys­tem at­tached, how­ever, Luo said the en­tire sys­tem would then have a NT$2.09 mil­lion value.

Luo also said that the 601st Brigade is now opened, and will en­able na­tional de­fense per­son­nel to view the chop­pers. In the fu­ture, Luo added, schools and other public as­so­ci­a­tions would be al­lowed to ap­ply to take tours to look at the Apache chop­pers, as long as the ap­pli­ca­tion

pro­ce­dure abides by reg­u­la­tions.

MND to Tally Apache Tours

In re­lated news, the in or­der to get a pre­cise un­der­stand­ing of the num­ber of tours the 601’s Brigade per­son­ell have con­ducted, the MND re­cently or­dered a sur­vey to be con­ducted at the brigade.

Re­port­edly, the sur­vey con­cluded that there have been 390 peo­ple other than the party led by Lao. Of the 390, 385 peo­ple had gone through proper chan­nels to en­ter the premise, while only five peo­ple had en­tered the brigade il­le­gally.

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