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Navy Officer Charged With Espionage

Navy Officer Charged With Espionage
An E-P3E Aries II, which accused spy Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin flew.

By    |   Sunday, 10 April 2016 05:34 PM

A U.S. Navy officer born in Taiwan has been charged with two counts of espionage for passing classified information to China, according to The Washington Post.

The lieutenant commander, whose name was withheld in court papers,  is being held at Naval Consolidated Brig Chesapeake, Virginia after appearing at the military's equivalent of a preliminary hearing at Norfolk Naval Station on Friday, The Virginia Pilot reported.

An unnamed U.S. official identified the accused as Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin, the Post reported.

The charges can in some cases carry the death penalty.

The charge sheets were heavily redacted, citing national security concerns. They say he communicated secret information "relating to the national defense to representatives of a foreign government."

Neither the nature of the information nor the name of the government to whom it was communicated are named.

Other charges include breaking military law by hiring prostitutes and committing adultery.

USNI News reported that details were withheld because the case is designated a national security case," which, according to a manual for trying classified cases, is on that "to any serious degree, involves the compromise of a military or defense advantage over any foreign nation or terrorist group; involves an allegation of willful compromise of classified information, affects our military or defense capability to successfully resist hostile or destructive action, overt or covert; or involves an act of terrorism."

USNI later also identified Lin as the accused spy.

The charging documents allege that the officer transported secret information out of the United States and lied about where he had been after he returned to duty. He is charged with successfully committing espionage on two occasions and attempting to do so three other times.

The officer is part of a unit that provides airborne anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations from planes such as the E-P3E Aries II, P-8A Poseidon, P-3C Orion and unmanned MQ-4C Triton, USNI and the Pilot reported.

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