Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Active U.S. Navy officer charged with spying, possibly for China, Taiwan

A U.S. Navy officer with access to sensitive U.S. intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan.

The official identified the suspect as Lieutenant Commander Edward C. Lin, who was born in Taiwan and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Lin was assigned to the headquarters for the Navy's Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, which oversees intelligence collection activities.
He is accused of twice communicating secret information and three times of attempting to do so. Lin was also accused of engaging in prostitution and adultery. He has been held in pre-trial confinement for the past eight months.

Lin speaks fluent Mandarin and managed the collection of electronic signals from the EP3-E Aries II signals intelligence aircraft. The U.S. Navy profiled Lin in a 2008 article that focused on his naturalization to the United States, saying his family left Taiwan when he was 14.

Lin could face the death penalty if found guilty of the most serious espionage charges.