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Wikileaks revelations not necessarily true: defense minister

2010/12/01 15:45:20

Taipei, Dec. 1 (CNA) Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said Wednesdaythat Taiwan-related information obtained by the whistle-blowingwebsite Wikileaks was not necessarily true.

The ministry has kept track of the classified documents unveiledby the website and has confirmed that none of them were leaked fromTaiwan, Kao said during a hearing of the Legislative Yuan's Foreignand National Defense Committee.

He said a special task force headed by Vice Minister Andrew Yangwould follow future leaks by the website and analyze and verify anydetails that were related to Taiwan.

Wikileaks announced on its website that over the next few months,it will release in stages 251,287 cables originating from 274 U.S.embassies between Dec. 28, 1966 to Feb. 28, 2010.

Among them, there are 3,456 that were sent between the U.S. StateDepartment and the American Institute in Taiwan -- the de facto U.S.representative office in Taiwan.

Taiwan was also mentioned in some of the documents that havealready been released. One of the documents showed that China opposedthe U.S. sale of Black Hawk helicopters and F-16 C/D fighters toTaiwan, and also opposed Taiwan's sale or rent of SuperCobra AH-1Whelicopters to Turkey.

Commenting on the information, Kao said that although Beijing hasopenly opposed U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, the government wasconfident it could still procure weapons from the U.S.

As to the helicopter deal with Turkey, the minister said this wasthe first time he had heard of the matter.

Even if the United States requested Taiwan to sell or rent theAH-1W helicopters to Turkey, Taiwan would not have agreed to itbecause the helicopters were needed to meet its own defenserequirements, Kao said.

(By Emmanuelle Tzeng and Y.F. Low)