Probe ordered for Ministry of National Defense security breach

Probe ordered for Ministry of National Defense security breach
Probe ordered for Ministry of National Defense security breach 

The China Post news staff
October 3, 2007

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Chang Chun-hsiung ordered a "thoroughgoing" 
investigation of a security compromise involving an orderly at the 
office of Chief of the General Staff Gen. Ho Shou-yeh yesterday.

Answering an interpellation at the Legislative Yuan, Chang said the 
Ministry of National Defense should find out if the top military secrets 
were leaked.

The Apple Daily published an expose reporting an unnamed orderly sold to 
paper recycle dealers shredded documents that had been given top secret 

Paper-shredding machines at the office of General Ho did not totally 
shred the classified documents, the paper reported. One could easily 
piece together the shredded papers to learn top military secrets.

"That's a very, very serious security compromise," the premier told Lee 
Ching-hua, a Kuomintang lawmaker who questioned the lax supervision at 
General Ho's office.

According to standing operating procedure, classified papers have to be 
shredded and the shredded papers should be sent to a paper mill under 
supervision of a security officer. They are destroyed there. Documents 
are turned into pulp again to make recycled paper.

The orderly was not accompanied by any security officer, the Apple Daily 
said. The shredded papers were not sent to any paper mill. An Apple 
Daily reporter bought some of them from the paper recycling dealer to 
whom the order sold them.

Pictures of pieced-together documents were printed on the paper's front 

All classified papers have to be destroyed in full accordance with the 
regulations, Premier Chang said. "The MND should initiate a 
thoroughgoing investigation to find out the truth, and any and all 
personnel involved, if found to have compromised security, have to be 
severely disciplined," he pointed out.

General Lee Tien-yu, minister of national defense, called General Ho to 

"I was angry," General Lee told the press. "How could that kind of thing 
ever happen?" he asked.

Ho admitted the shredders at his office are "too old," but he couldn't 
explain why no security officer had supervied the destruction of 
classified documents.

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