਀㰀䴀䔀吀䄀 渀愀洀攀㴀䜀䔀一䔀刀䄀吀伀刀 挀漀渀琀攀渀琀㴀∀䴀匀䠀吀䴀䰀 㠀⸀  ⸀㘀  ㄀⸀㄀㤀 ㄀㤀∀㸀㰀⼀䠀䔀䄀䐀㸀 16 August 2010 Last updated at 23:16 GMT ਀㰀䐀䤀嘀 椀搀㴀瀀愀最攀ⴀ戀漀漀欀洀愀爀欀ⴀ氀椀渀欀猀ⴀ栀攀愀搀 挀氀愀猀猀㴀猀栀愀爀攀ⴀ栀攀氀瀀㸀㰀⼀䐀䤀嘀㸀

Taiwan's forgotten amateur spies

By Cindy Sui BBC News, Yilan ਀㰀䐀䤀嘀 挀氀愀猀猀㴀∀挀愀瀀琀椀漀渀 戀漀搀礀ⴀ渀愀爀爀漀眀ⴀ眀椀搀琀栀∀㸀㰀䤀䴀䜀 愀氀琀㴀∀䰀椀渀 夀椀ⴀ氀椀渀∀ 猀爀挀㴀∀挀琀猀爀攀猀漀甀爀挀攀⼀挀琀猀开㐀㠀㜀㔀㌀㤀㈀㤀开氀椀渀⸀樀瀀最∀ 眀椀搀琀栀㴀㌀ 㐀 栀攀椀最栀琀㴀㌀ 㐀㸀 㰀匀倀䄀一 猀琀礀氀攀㴀∀圀䤀䐀吀䠀㨀 ㌀ 㐀瀀砀∀㸀䰀椀渀 夀椀ⴀ氀椀渀 栀漀氀搀猀 甀瀀 挀漀甀爀琀 搀漀挀甀洀攀渀琀猀 昀爀漀洀 愀 挀漀洀瀀攀渀猀愀琀椀漀渀 昀椀最栀琀 眀椀琀栀 琀栀攀 最漀瘀攀爀渀洀攀渀琀㰀⼀匀倀䄀一㸀 㰀⼀䐀䤀嘀㸀

Sipping iced coffee and smoking a cigarette outside a cafe in his hometown, Lin Yi-lin appears relaxed.

਀㰀倀㸀䈀甀琀 琀栀攀 㐀㄀ⴀ礀攀愀爀ⴀ漀氀搀Ⰰ 氀漀挀欀攀搀 甀瀀 昀漀爀 渀攀愀爀氀礀 ㄀㐀 礀攀愀爀猀 椀渀 䌀栀椀渀愀 昀漀爀 猀瀀礀椀渀最Ⰰ 猀琀椀氀氀 猀甀昀昀攀爀猀 愀 爀漀氀氀攀爀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀 漀昀 攀洀漀琀椀漀渀猀⸀ 㰀⼀倀㸀

After his arrest in 1994, his wife divorced him. His father died of a stroke on a trip to see him in prison. Lin did not even recognise his hometown when he was released in 2008.

਀㰀倀㸀䈀甀琀 栀攀 猀愀礀猀㨀 ∀䴀礀 戀椀最最攀猀琀 爀攀最爀攀琀 椀猀 䤀 眀愀猀渀✀琀 琀栀攀爀攀 搀甀爀椀渀最 洀礀 琀眀漀 猀漀渀猀✀ 挀栀椀氀搀栀漀漀搀⸀ 䤀 挀漀甀氀搀渀✀琀 瀀氀愀礀 戀愀氀氀 眀椀琀栀 琀栀攀洀Ⰰ 漀爀 最漀 琀漀 琀栀攀椀爀 最爀愀搀甀愀琀椀漀渀 挀攀爀攀洀漀渀椀攀猀⸀ 吀栀攀礀 愀爀攀 最爀漀眀渀 渀漀眀⸀ 吀栀攀爀攀✀猀 搀椀猀琀愀渀挀攀 戀攀琀眀攀攀渀 甀猀⸀∀㰀⼀倀㸀

Unlike the spies of Russia and the US, Lin and many other Taiwanese spies were not professionals.

਀㰀倀㸀吀栀攀礀 眀攀爀攀 琀愀爀最攀琀攀搀 戀礀 吀愀椀眀愀渀✀猀 䴀椀氀椀琀愀爀礀 䤀渀琀攀氀氀椀最攀渀挀攀 䈀甀爀攀愀甀 椀渀 琀栀攀 ㄀㤀㠀 猀Ⰰ 眀栀攀渀 吀愀椀眀愀渀 猀琀愀爀琀攀搀 愀氀氀漀眀椀渀最 椀琀猀 瀀攀漀瀀氀攀 琀漀 瘀椀猀椀琀 洀愀椀渀氀愀渀搀 䌀栀椀渀愀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

Businessmen were the first to go into China - driven by their desire to trade and make money. They developed contacts, sometimes with high-ranking Chinese generals, who were eager to go into business.

਀㰀倀㸀∀䤀琀 猀琀愀爀琀攀搀 眀栀攀渀 愀渀 甀渀搀攀爀挀漀瘀攀爀 愀最攀渀琀 愀瀀瀀爀漀愀挀栀攀搀 洀攀 愀琀 愀 瀀愀爀琀礀⸀ 䠀攀 椀渀琀爀漀搀甀挀攀搀 栀椀洀猀攀氀昀 愀猀 愀 樀漀甀爀渀愀氀椀猀琀 愀渀搀 猀愀椀搀 栀椀猀 渀攀眀猀瀀愀瀀攀爀 渀攀攀搀攀搀 椀渀昀漀爀洀愀琀椀漀渀 漀渀 䌀栀椀渀愀Ⰰ∀ 猀愀椀搀 䰀椀渀Ⰰ 眀栀漀 眀愀猀 爀甀渀渀椀渀最 愀 琀椀氀攀ⴀ洀愀欀椀渀最 戀甀猀椀渀攀猀猀 椀渀 䌀栀椀渀愀 愀琀 琀栀攀 琀椀洀攀⸀ 㰀⼀倀㸀

"It wasn't until later that I realised I was working for the military."

Invisible ink ਀㰀倀㸀䴀漀琀椀瘀愀琀攀搀 戀礀 最攀渀攀爀漀甀猀 昀椀渀愀渀挀椀愀氀 爀攀眀愀爀搀猀 愀渀搀 氀漀礀愀氀琀礀 琀漀眀愀爀搀猀 吀愀椀眀愀渀Ⰰ 䰀椀渀 愀渀搀 漀琀栀攀爀猀 最愀琀栀攀爀攀搀 椀渀昀漀爀洀愀琀椀漀渀 愀戀漀甀琀 䌀栀椀渀攀猀攀 洀椀氀椀琀愀爀礀 愀昀昀愀椀爀猀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀
਀㰀䠀㈀ 挀氀愀猀猀㴀焀甀漀琀攀㸀ᰀ㰠匀倀䄀一㸀匀琀愀爀琀 儀甀漀琀攀㰀⼀匀倀䄀一㸀㰀⼀䠀㈀㸀
਀㰀倀 挀氀愀猀猀㴀昀椀爀猀琀ⴀ挀栀椀氀搀㸀吀愀椀眀愀渀✀猀 最漀瘀攀爀渀洀攀渀琀 搀漀攀猀渀✀琀 眀愀渀琀 琀漀 昀漀爀洀愀氀氀礀 爀愀椀猀攀 琀栀椀猀 椀猀猀甀攀 嬀眀椀琀栀 䌀栀椀渀愀崀 戀攀挀愀甀猀攀 椀琀✀猀 瘀攀爀礀 猀攀渀猀椀琀椀瘀攀ᴀ㰠⼀倀㸀㰀⼀䈀䰀伀䌀䬀儀唀伀吀䔀㸀㰀匀倀䄀一 挀氀愀猀猀㴀攀渀搀焀甀漀琀攀㸀䔀渀搀 儀甀漀琀攀㰀⼀匀倀䄀一㸀 㰀匀倀䄀一 挀氀愀猀猀㴀焀甀漀琀攀ⴀ挀爀攀搀椀琀㸀䨀甀猀琀椀渀 䌀栀漀甀㰀⼀匀倀䄀一㸀 㰀匀倀䄀一 挀氀愀猀猀㴀焀甀漀琀攀ⴀ挀爀攀搀椀琀ⴀ琀椀琀氀攀㸀吀愀椀眀愀渀 氀攀最椀猀氀愀琀漀爀㰀⼀匀倀䄀一㸀 㰀⼀䐀䤀嘀㸀

Some of their work was as simple as pretending to be tourists and taking pictures outside military compounds, or reporting a military drill when they saw tanks on the streets or airports temporarily closed.

਀㰀倀㸀䄀渀搀Ⰰ 愀猀 椀渀 䰀椀渀✀猀 挀愀猀攀Ⰰ 椀琀 挀漀甀氀搀 戀攀 愀猀 爀椀猀欀礀 愀猀 甀猀椀渀最 栀椀猀 挀漀渀琀愀挀琀猀 琀漀 最愀椀渀 愀挀挀攀猀猀 琀漀 愀 洀椀氀椀琀愀爀礀 戀愀猀攀 愀渀搀 琀愀欀椀渀最 瀀椀挀琀甀爀攀猀 漀昀 䌀栀椀渀攀猀攀 猀甀戀洀愀爀椀渀攀猀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

"They paid me NT$50,000 (US$1,500; £960) a month, paid for my plane tickets and once gave me a bonus of US$5,000 when I found the submarine base," said Lin.

਀㰀倀㸀∀䄀昀琀攀爀 愀 眀栀椀氀攀Ⰰ 䤀 昀攀氀琀 琀栀愀琀 琀栀椀猀 椀猀 昀甀渀⸀ 䤀✀洀 瀀爀攀琀琀礀 最漀漀搀 愀琀 椀琀⸀ 䤀 挀愀渀 搀漀 猀漀洀攀 最漀漀搀 昀漀爀 洀礀 挀漀甀渀琀爀礀 愀渀搀 椀琀✀猀 挀栀愀氀氀攀渀最椀渀最⸀∀㰀⼀倀㸀

But Lin and the others were not trained, although he learned to decipher coded messages and send faxes using invisible ink.

਀㰀倀㸀伀瘀攀爀 琀栀攀 搀攀挀愀搀攀猀Ⰰ 洀愀渀礀 眀攀爀攀 愀爀爀攀猀琀攀搀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 甀猀甀愀氀氀礀 猀攀渀琀攀渀挀攀搀 琀漀 洀漀爀攀 琀栀愀渀 ㄀  礀攀愀爀猀 椀渀 瀀爀椀猀漀渀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

Taiwan's government refuses to reveal how many of the amateur spies have been jailed, but legislators contacted by desperate families believe several dozen are still serving time in China's prisons.

Taiwan's 'shame' ਀㰀倀㸀䘀漀爀 琀栀攀 昀愀洀椀氀椀攀猀Ⰰ 椀琀 栀愀猀 戀攀攀渀 愀 渀椀最栀琀洀愀爀攀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

"They are not allowed to visit their jailed relatives often. Many of the families have given up on them," said legislator Justin Chou.

਀㰀倀㸀∀匀漀洀攀 漀昀 琀栀攀 瀀攀漀瀀氀攀 樀愀椀氀攀搀 愀爀攀 椀氀氀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 漀琀栀攀爀猀 栀愀瘀攀 搀椀攀搀 椀渀 瀀爀椀猀漀渀 戀攀挀愀甀猀攀 琀栀攀 氀椀瘀椀渀最 猀琀愀渀搀愀爀搀猀 愀渀搀 洀攀搀椀挀愀氀 挀愀爀攀 愀爀攀 瀀漀漀爀⸀∀㰀⼀倀㸀
਀㰀䠀㈀ 挀氀愀猀猀㴀焀甀漀琀攀㸀ᰀ㰠匀倀䄀一㸀匀琀愀爀琀 儀甀漀琀攀㰀⼀匀倀䄀一㸀㰀⼀䠀㈀㸀
਀㰀倀 挀氀愀猀猀㴀昀椀爀猀琀ⴀ挀栀椀氀搀㸀䤀 琀漀氀搀 洀礀猀攀氀昀 䤀 栀愀瘀攀 琀漀 最攀琀 漀甀琀 愀氀椀瘀攀ᴀ㰠⼀倀㸀㰀⼀䈀䰀伀䌀䬀儀唀伀吀䔀㸀㰀匀倀䄀一 挀氀愀猀猀㴀攀渀搀焀甀漀琀攀㸀䔀渀搀 儀甀漀琀攀㰀⼀匀倀䄀一㸀 㰀匀倀䄀一 挀氀愀猀猀㴀焀甀漀琀攀ⴀ挀爀攀搀椀琀㸀䔀砀ⴀ瀀爀椀猀漀渀攀爀 䰀椀渀 夀椀ⴀ氀椀渀㰀⼀匀倀䄀一㸀 㰀⼀䐀䤀嘀㸀

Many of the families, including Lin's, had no idea their loved one was spying.

਀㰀倀㸀圀栀攀渀 猀瀀椀攀猀 愀爀攀 愀爀爀攀猀琀攀搀Ⰰ 渀漀 漀渀攀 椀猀 椀渀昀漀爀洀攀搀Ⰰ 戀攀挀愀甀猀攀 琀栀攀爀攀 愀爀攀 渀漀 漀昀昀椀挀椀愀氀 琀椀攀猀 戀攀琀眀攀攀渀 吀愀椀眀愀渀 愀渀搀 䌀栀椀渀愀⸀ 㰀⼀倀㸀

It is only when the spies are sentenced and Chinese newspapers report the cases that the families find out. Some cases are not carried in the media.

਀㰀倀㸀吀栀攀 猀椀猀琀攀爀 漀昀 愀 眀漀洀愀渀 眀栀漀 眀愀猀 愀爀爀攀猀琀攀搀 椀渀 ㈀  㜀 眀椀琀栀 栀攀爀 栀甀猀戀愀渀搀 猀愀椀搀 猀栀攀 琀栀漀甀最栀琀 琀栀攀 瀀愀椀爀 眀攀爀攀 搀漀椀渀最 戀甀猀椀渀攀猀猀 椀渀 䌀栀椀渀愀⸀ 匀椀渀挀攀 琀栀攀椀爀 愀爀爀攀猀琀Ⰰ 猀栀攀 栀愀猀 戀攀攀渀 琀愀欀椀渀最 挀愀爀攀 漀昀 栀攀爀 猀椀猀琀攀爀✀猀 礀漀甀渀最攀猀琀 猀漀渀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

"All I know is I promised her 10 years ago that I would look after her kids if anything happened to her," said the woman, who wished to remain anonymous, for fear of jeopardising the possible early release of her sister and brother-in-law, who is in his 70s and seriously ill.

਀㰀倀㸀匀栀攀 栀愀猀 瘀椀猀椀琀攀搀 洀愀渀礀 最漀瘀攀爀渀洀攀渀琀 漀昀昀椀挀攀猀 椀渀 吀愀椀眀愀渀 琀漀 猀攀攀欀 栀攀氀瀀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

"What we can't accept is that we've been forgotten by the government. The government's attitude is to throw you away after using you," she said. "This is shameful."

਀㰀倀㸀䤀渀 愀 猀琀愀琀攀洀攀渀琀Ⰰ 琀栀攀 䴀椀氀椀琀愀爀礀 䤀渀琀攀氀氀椀最攀渀挀攀 䈀甀爀攀愀甀 猀愀椀搀 椀琀 栀愀猀 琀爀椀攀搀 琀漀 栀攀氀瀀 琀栀攀 昀愀洀椀氀椀攀猀 眀椀琀栀 昀椀渀愀渀挀椀愀氀 猀甀瀀瀀漀爀琀Ⰰ 愀猀 琀栀漀猀攀 愀爀爀攀猀琀攀搀 愀爀攀 漀昀琀攀渀 琀栀攀 昀愀洀椀氀礀 戀爀攀愀搀眀椀渀渀攀爀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 戀礀 眀漀爀欀椀渀最 琀栀爀漀甀最栀 甀渀漀昀昀椀挀椀愀氀 挀栀愀渀渀攀氀猀 琀漀 瀀攀爀猀甀愀搀攀 䌀栀椀渀愀 琀漀 爀攀氀攀愀猀攀 琀栀攀 猀瀀椀攀猀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

"The families really want us to save their relatives, but our ability is limited," a Bureau spokeswoman said.

਀㰀倀㸀䴀甀琀甀愀氀 椀渀琀攀氀氀椀最攀渀挀攀 最愀琀栀攀爀椀渀最 猀琀椀氀氀 最漀攀猀 漀渀 戀甀琀 戀甀猀椀渀攀猀猀洀攀渀 愀爀攀 渀漀 氀漀渀最攀爀 爀攀挀爀甀椀琀攀搀Ⰰ 猀栀攀 猀愀椀搀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀㰀匀倀䄀一 挀氀愀猀猀㴀挀爀漀猀猀ⴀ栀攀愀搀㸀✀倀漀漀爀 琀椀洀椀渀最✀㰀⼀匀倀䄀一㸀 

Tensions have run high between the two sides since 1949, when Taiwan was separated from China at the end of a civil war.

਀㰀倀㸀䈀甀琀 愀渀 甀渀瀀爀攀挀攀搀攀渀琀攀搀 眀愀爀洀椀渀最 椀渀 爀攀氀愀琀椀漀渀猀 猀椀渀挀攀 吀愀椀眀愀渀✀猀 倀爀攀猀椀搀攀渀琀 䴀愀 夀椀渀最ⴀ樀攀漀甀 琀漀漀欀 漀昀昀椀挀攀 椀渀 ㈀  㠀Ⰰ 栀愀猀 最椀瘀攀渀 琀栀攀 昀愀洀椀氀椀攀猀 渀攀眀 栀漀瀀攀 漀昀 昀漀爀洀愀氀 琀愀氀欀猀 昀漀爀 爀攀氀攀愀猀攀 漀渀 栀甀洀愀渀椀琀愀爀椀愀渀 最爀漀甀渀搀猀Ⰰ 漀爀 愀 猀瀀礀 猀眀愀瀀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

But the timing is not right, said the Bureau official and the legislator Mr Chou.

਀㰀倀㸀∀吀愀椀眀愀渀✀猀 最漀瘀攀爀渀洀攀渀琀 搀漀攀猀渀✀琀 眀愀渀琀 琀漀 昀漀爀洀愀氀氀礀 爀愀椀猀攀 琀栀椀猀 椀猀猀甀攀 嬀眀椀琀栀 䌀栀椀渀愀崀 戀攀挀愀甀猀攀 椀琀✀猀 瘀攀爀礀 猀攀渀猀椀琀椀瘀攀⸀⸀⸀ 圀攀 搀漀渀✀琀 眀愀渀琀 琀漀 栀愀爀洀 挀爀漀猀猀ⴀ猀琀爀愀椀琀 爀攀氀愀琀椀漀渀猀 戀攀挀愀甀猀攀 漀昀 琀栀椀猀 椀猀猀甀攀Ⰰ∀ 猀愀椀搀 䴀爀 䌀栀漀甀Ⰰ 眀栀漀 椀猀 昀爀漀洀 琀栀攀 爀甀氀椀渀最 䬀甀漀洀椀渀琀愀渀最 瀀愀爀琀礀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

When Taiwan's representatives tried to raise the issue in unofficial channels, China has not expressed interest, Chou and others said.

਀㰀倀㸀匀琀椀氀氀Ⰰ 栀攀 愀渀搀 漀琀栀攀爀猀 愀爀攀 眀漀爀欀椀渀最 戀攀栀椀渀搀ⴀ琀栀攀ⴀ猀挀攀渀攀猀 琀漀 猀攀挀甀爀攀 攀愀爀氀礀 爀攀氀攀愀猀攀 昀漀爀 琀栀漀猀攀 眀栀漀 愀爀攀 猀攀爀椀漀甀猀氀礀 椀氀氀⸀ 䄀 挀漀甀瀀氀攀 漀昀 猀瀀椀攀猀 眀攀爀攀 爀攀挀攀渀琀氀礀 昀爀攀攀搀 漀渀 洀攀搀椀挀愀氀 瀀愀爀漀氀攀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

Lin and the families of those in prison say they cannot understand why a group of ordinary people, who were simply caught up in the politics of the past, cannot be released.

਀㰀倀㸀∀吀栀攀猀攀 瀀攀漀瀀氀攀 愀爀攀 渀漀琀 挀爀椀洀椀渀愀氀猀⸀ 䤀琀✀猀 漀渀氀礀 戀攀挀愀甀猀攀 琀栀攀 䬀甀漀洀椀渀琀愀渀最 愀渀搀 䌀栀椀渀攀猀攀 䌀漀洀洀甀渀椀猀琀 倀愀爀琀礀 栀愀搀 搀椀昀昀攀爀攀渀琀 瀀漀氀椀琀椀挀愀氀 猀礀猀琀攀洀猀 琀栀愀琀 琀栀攀爀攀 眀愀猀 猀瀀礀椀渀最 最漀椀渀最 漀渀⸀ 吀栀攀猀攀 瀀攀漀瀀氀攀 眀攀爀攀 渀漀琀 琀爀礀椀渀最 琀漀 漀瘀攀爀琀栀爀漀眀 琀栀攀 䌀栀椀渀攀猀攀 最漀瘀攀爀渀洀攀渀琀Ⰰ∀ 䰀椀渀 猀愀椀搀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀㰀匀倀䄀一 挀氀愀猀猀㴀挀爀漀猀猀ⴀ栀攀愀搀㸀刀椀挀攀 愀渀搀 眀愀琀攀爀㰀⼀匀倀䄀一㸀 

He is now fighting to help those still imprisoned.

਀㰀倀㸀∀匀漀 洀愀渀礀 瀀攀漀瀀氀攀 栀攀氀瀀攀搀 洀攀⸀⸀⸀ 䤀 眀愀渀琀 琀漀 昀椀最栀琀 昀漀爀 琀栀攀 栀甀洀愀渀 爀椀最栀琀猀 漀昀 琀栀攀 漀琀栀攀爀猀Ⰰ 猀漀 琀栀愀琀 洀礀 琀爀愀最攀搀礀 眀漀渀✀琀 戀攀 爀攀瀀攀愀琀攀搀⸀∀㰀⼀倀㸀

In the jail where he was detained in southern China's Fujian province, one of his eight fellow Taiwanese inmates has already died.

਀㰀倀㸀䰀椀渀 眀愀猀 愀戀氀攀 琀漀 猀栀漀爀琀攀渀 栀椀猀 ㈀ ⴀ礀攀愀爀 猀攀渀琀攀渀挀攀 戀礀 攀愀爀渀椀渀最 ∀瀀漀椀渀琀猀∀ 昀漀爀 攀愀爀氀礀 爀攀氀攀愀猀攀 戀礀 眀漀爀欀椀渀最 漀渀 琀栀攀 瀀爀椀猀漀渀 瀀爀漀搀甀挀琀椀漀渀 氀椀渀攀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

Fed mainly on rice and water, those older than him did not have the physical stamina.

਀㰀倀㸀∀䤀 琀漀氀搀 洀礀猀攀氀昀 䤀 栀愀瘀攀 琀漀 最攀琀 漀甀琀 愀氀椀瘀攀Ⰰ∀ 猀愀椀搀 䰀椀渀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀

Besides lobbying human rights agencies and seeking reparation from the government, Lin is trying to get to know his sons.