Taiwanese officer accused of spying for China
TAIPEI | Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday that an air force officer has been detained on suspicion of passing military secrets to China, the latest case involving the transmission of classified information from the democratic island to the communist mainland.
Taiwan and China split after a civil war in 1949, and, although their relations have improved significantly in recent years, they still mount extensive espionage operations against each other.
In the latest China espionage case, the Defense Ministry said the air force officer detained by the military worked at a ground command center in northern Taiwan. The officer was not identified. two private Palestinian TV stations before dawn Wednesday, seizing transmitters and other equipment, the military said.
The military said one of the outlets, Al-watan TV, is a pirate station whose frequencies interfered with legal broadcasters and aircraft communications.
It said several transmitters were confiscated in the operation initiated by Israel’s Communications Ministry.
The military also confirmed a second raid at Jerusalem Educational TV, a Ramallah-based station owned by the Palestinians’ Al-quds University.
Palestinian officials denounced the raids as aggression and violation of media freedom.