Taipei Times reported on a new book written by Taiwanese security official. In this book, the author claims that secret cells have been established in Taiwan by Chinese agents to test and sway public opinion.
“According to the report, these secret operatives are posing as members of the general public and are actively expressing their opinions by participating in TV and radio call-in shows, by calling and sending e-mails to different political debate programs on TV and radio, by sending thousands of e-mails to locally elected officials, and by actively participating in and manipulating local opinion polls, all with the aim of misleading local residents.
The members of the network, who avoid illegal activities and maintain contact via the Internet and through secret signals, are difficult to detect, and their aim is to influence public opinion prior to an electronic-warfare attack. ”