Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Singapore 'attractive target for espionage, foreign subversion'

SINGAPORE - Even as the threat of terrorism persists post-911, the concurrent internal security "threats of espionage and foreign subversion are just as salient today as during the Cold War", said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean yesterday. Mr Teo, who is also Home Affairs Minister, noted that Singapore is situated "at the crossroads where the spheres of influence of major powers intersect" and also "an open society in a highly globalised world", which makes the country "an attractive target for espionage and foreign subversion", even by "friendly nations".
Speaking at the 10th anniversary of the Internal Security Department's (ISD) Heritage Centre, he noted 
that a Singaporean Embassy staff member in Moscow was compromised and worked for the 
Soviet Union against Singapore's interest during the height of the Cold War. During the 1990s, 
the ISD dealt with "several cases" of espionage involving friendly nations. "The adage that "there 
are no permanent friends, only permanent interests" rings true," said Mr Teo.


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