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Senkaku video leaker assigned shore duty

Date Posted: 2010-11-26

The Japan Coast Guard officer who leaked video of the Sep. 7th collision between a Chinese trawler and two Coast Guard vessels has been assigned to shore duty.

The unidentified chief navigator aboard the Japan Coast Guard patrol boat Uranami was removed from the vessel over the weekend. Coast Guard officials say the action came by direction of doctors who prohibited the officer from sailing, but refused to explain further about his condition. The navigator allegedly used a USB device to steal the video from a computer on board the vessel last month, and then posted it to YouTube earlier this month. The 43-year-old officer was not assigned to either of the ships involved in the incident.

He told authorities during questioning by police and prosecutors that he uploaded the video because of concerns the government had shown it to only a few members of the Diet, and that he thought the public should see it for themselves, and judge the Japan Coast Guard’s actions. The edited version was shown to some 30 Diet members on Nov. 1st.

The navigator has not been arrested or charged. The Uranami left Kobe earlier this week for scheduled maintenance. Kobe Coast Guard officials called it a routine “annual, regular maintenance that has no direct connection with the video leak incident.”

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