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US intelligence is in bed with Taiwan space agency

24th September 2018 - 02:06 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Taipei


Growing evidence, including documents acquired by Shephard, indicate that the US intelligence community and the Pentagon have had a direct relationship with Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), despite NSPO’s explicit mission statement of being a ‘civilian’ satellite and space research entity.

The documents, some unredacted, are demonstrative of how close, yet secretive, the US military and intelligence community have been with Taiwan in the past.

A defence industry source said there had been unconfirmed rumours for a decade that Taiwan was part of the USAF’s Defense Support Program as part of the Satellite Early Warning System that detects missile

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Wendell Minnick


Wendell Minnick

Wendell Minnick (顏文德) was Shephard's Senior Asia Correspondent throughout 2017 and 2018. Wendell is an …

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