Taiwan Premier Yu and his foreign and defense ministers told lawmakers
that they had not known of intelligence contacts with a former US State Department official
STAFF REPORTER , WITH AGENCIES
Saturday, Sep 18, 2004,Page 1
Cabinet yesterday denied prior knowledge of intelligence officers meeting then-US State Depart-ment employee Donald Keyser
in Washington and said bilateral ties have not been damaged by Keyser's arrest.
"I only learned about Keyser's arrest yesterday. I didn't know anything regarding the arrest in advance,"
Yu said when questioned by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lee Chuan-chiao (李全教).
Keyser was the second ranking official in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, serving under
Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly. Since July, he has been assigned to the Foreign Service Institute, officials said.
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