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
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
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