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Ma's top national security aide defends reputation amid MAC dust-up
Central News Agency
2014-08-20 10:38 PM
Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) National Security Council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung said Wednesday that he has never overstepped the bounds of his office and he has not ruled out taking legal action against remarks he considers defamatory. King's statement came amidst speculation over his involvement in the departure of Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao, who was asked to resign over concerns he may have leaked secrets. "Recent malicious attacks and exaggerations by some people are absolutely not true," King said. "Regarding the remarks aiming to mislead (the public) and slander my reputation, I have not ruled out taking legal action," he said. He stressed that his conduct is able to withstand any scrutiny and said that he has never violated any norms or regulations in his public service career. King, who took up the National Security Council post in March, is widely regarded as a top confidant of President Ma Ying-jeou and a key strategist in Ma's past election campaigns. His statement came after Chang, in a TV interview Tuesday, specifically named King as the one who ordered his resignation from the MAC. The MAC announced Aug. 16 that Chang resigned for "family reasons," but the former deputy minister said the next day that he was forced to quit and claimed in that TV interview that he was betrayed by his superiors, though he did not give specifics. Chang is now under a probe by the Investigation Bureau under the Ministry of Justice over allegations that he leaked secret information. (By Kelven Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)
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