Navy officer charged with espionage presently held in brig

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 6:18 AM

S. military has charged a Taiwan-born Navy officer with espionage for allegedly passing military secrets to China or Taiwan, U. S. defense executive said Monday.

Navy officer charged with espionage presently held in brig

The U. S. military has charged a Taiwan-born Navy officer with espionage for allegedly passing military secrets to China or Taiwan, U. S. defense executive said Monday.

A Navy document that describes multiple charges against Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin accuses him of failing to report foreign contacts and says that on multiple occasions he gave or attempted to give secret national defense information to representatives of a foreign government. Lin is being held in pre-trial confinement in a Navy brig in Virginia.

Uncensored portions of the charge sheet don't identify the accused, but multiple executive said it's Lin. The document doesn't reveal whom he's accused of spying for, but executive said the country involved is China or Taiwan, and possibly both. The officials weren't authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and so spoke on condition of anonymity.

A military hearing was held in Norfolk, Virginia, latest Friday. A decision on whether there is sufficient proof against Lin to pursue a court-martial will be made by Adm. Philip S. Davidson, commander of U. S. Fleet Forces Command at Norfolk.

The charges against Lin were first reported Sun by USNI News, which said he served on some of the Navy'south most sensitive intelligence-gathering aircraft. It said he was a signals intelligence specialist on the Navy'south EP-3E Aries II reconnaissance planes.

The list of charges, a duplicate of which was provided to The Associated Press, cites two counts of espionage and three of attempted espionage. It says Lin provided or attempted to allow secret national defense information to a representative of a foreign government "with intent or reason to believe it'd be used to the advantage of a foreign nation."

He also is accused of knowingly providing misleading official statements related to his foreign travel.

An attorney for Lin was not identified.

An official list of Lin'south Navy assignments says he joined the service in December one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine as an enlisted sailor and attended Navy nuclear training at Charleston, S Carolina, from two thousand to two thousand two. He then attended Officer Candidate School and gained his commission in May 2002.

He served with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron one, based at Whidbey Island, Washington, from two thousand four to two thousand seven. Among his other assignments, he attended the Navy War College at Newport, Rhode Island, and served for nearly two years in WA on the staff of the helper secretary of the Navy for financial management and comptroller.

His official Navy biography says he was assigned to the Special Projects Patrol Squadron at Kaneohe, Hawaii, from Feb. fifteen, two thousand fourteen, to March twenty-five, 2016.

A Navy press release about Lin'south attendance at his naturalization ceremony in HI in December two thousand eight said he was fourteen when he and his family left Taiwan.

"I always dreamt about coming to America, the 'promised land,"' Lin was quoted as saying. "I grew up believing that all the roads in America lead to Disneyland."

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