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Cablegate: Results of Blue Lantern Check On Application Ta

Published: Wed 25 Jul 2007 07:35 AM
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SUBJECT: RESULTS OF BLUE LANTERN CHECK ON APPLICATION TA
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REF: STATE 86105
1. Post was unable to conduct a site visit to assess the
business operations and on-site security of Aanssia Agency.
2. Aanssia Agency is a sole proprietorship that has been
operating in Singapore since October 10, 1994. Singapore's
online business directory, Biznet, lists the company's
principal officer as:
Name: Goh Teck Chye, aka Francis Goh
Nationality: Singaporean
ID: S1332546D
Address: 4 Lew Lian Vale, #05-02, Jade Towers, Singapore
3. DHS/ICE databases revealed no negative information about
Aanssia Agency.
4. Econoff visited the address for Aanssia Agency listed
reftel on June 12. The address appeared to be a residence,
and no one responded to the doorbell. Econoff reached
Francis Goh via telephone on June 16. Goh confirmed that he
worked out of his home. Goh said he would not provide any
supporting documentation related to reftel application to the
Embassy without the written consent of the customer (ST
Electronics). Aanssia was a trading company that also acted
as a regional representative for "about five" foreign firms,
according to Goh. In addition to ST Electronics, Aanssia's
customers included several defense-related companies in the
region. Goh declined to name the specific companies or the
countries where they operate. Goh said that he kept
Aanssia's records at his residence unless they were
sensitive, in which case they remained with the customer.
Aanssia would not store the technical data related to reftel
application; it will deliver all material directly to the
customer.
5. Goh was reluctant to answer some of Econoff's questions,
but he did seem to possess a good understanding of U.S.
Munitions List rules and restrictions. ST Engineering is a
publicly listed company in which Temasek, the Singapore
Government's holding company, owns a majority interest. ST
Engineering and its subsidiaries handle many of the Singapore
Armed Forces' procurement contracts.
Visit Embassy Singapore's Classified website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eap/singapore/ind ex.cfm
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