EM­BAR­RASSED DE­SERTER RE­TURNS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

Lt. Emily Yeh of Tai­wan’s Mil­i­tary In­tel­li­gence Bureau was es­corted back to the coun­try by Bri­tish agents Jan. 19, end­ing an 18-month-long AWOL saga that had rocked the is­land democ­racy’s in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity.

On leave in Thai­land in June 2012, Lt. Yeh dis­ap­peared af­ter her leave ended and fled to Bri­tain with­out ap­proval from Taipei, which re­voked her pass­port.

The Bri­tish gov­ern­ment re­jected her re­quest for po­lit­i­cal asy­lum, not­ing that Tai­wan promised she would not be se­verely pun­ished upon her re­turn and that her re­quest was based on dif­fi­cul­ties in of­fice pol­i­tics, not po­lit­i­cal fears or in­tel­li­gence ex­change ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ap­par­ently re­pen­tant for the em­bar­rass­ment she had caused to her coun­try, Lt. Yeh asked that she be given a chance to re­gain her cred­i­bil­ity. She is to face a mil­i­tary tri­bunal and could be sen­tenced to up to five years in prison.

Miles Yu’s col­umn ap­pears Fri­days. He can be reached at mmilesyu@gmail.com and @Yu_Miles.

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