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U.S. Navy officer accused of spying for China

The officer was identified as Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin, a Navy intelligence specialist.

By Ed Adamczyk
U.S. Navy officer accused of spying for China
A Navy officer, accused of spying for China, was identified, after a pre-trial hearing Friday, as Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

NORFOLK, Va., April 11 (UPI) -- The U. S. Navy charged a Taiwan-born officer with espionage, alleging he provided secret defense information to China or Taiwan.

Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin, a signals intelligence specialist on Navy reconnaissance aircraft, was arrested eight months ago but his identity was only made known after an Article 32 pre-trial hearing Friday in Norfolk, Va.

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Lin is accused of transporting intelligence out of the country without permission and lying about his actions upon his return.

The charging document says Lin attempted "to communicate SECRET information relating to the national defense to a representative of a foreign government."

The Navy says Lin successfully committed two acts of espionage and attempted three others.

A U.S. official told ABC News that either China or Taiwan was the intended recipient of the information.

USNI News first reported Lin's name, although it was redacted in charging documents. Lin was also accused of violating military law by patronizing a prostitute and committing adultery, "wrongfully transporting material classified as SECRET" and communicating defense information "to a person not entitled to receive said information."

The FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are investigating the case. Lin has been held at the Naval Consolidated Brig in Chesapeake, Va., for the past eight months.

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His naturalization ceremony, in which he became a U.S. citizen, was profiled in a 2008 Navy publication and said he immigrated to the United States from Taiwan when he was 14.

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