Ex-Taiwan spy denies alleged links with a former senior US official

October 14, 2007 08:17

A former Taiwanese spy has denied allegations that she had a personal relationship with a veteran US State Department officer in order to gather intelligence for Taiwan, a newspaper reported Sunday. Isabelle Cheng, a former agent of Taiwan's National Security Bureau in Washington D.C., burst into tears when she discussed the alleged links, which led to the arrest of Donald Keyser in September 2004, according to the mass-market China Times daily. Keyser, a State Department veteran of 30 years service, was sentenced to one year in jail January on charges of concealing his personal relationship with Cheng and of unauthorized possession of classified documents. The China Times quoted Cheng, 37, as saying in an interview in Taipei that misleading news reports about the spy incident unfairly caused damage to Keyser and herself.

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