Lin may have been spying for both China and Taiwan; he was also accused of prostitution
Washington: A US navy officer with access to sensitive US intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan, a US official told Reuters on Sunday.
The official identified the suspect as lieutenant commander Edward Lin, who was born in Taiwan and later became a naturalised US citizen, according a navy profile article written about him in 2008.
A redacted navy chargesheet said the suspect was assigned to the headquarters for the Navy’s Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, which oversees intelligence collection activities.
The chargesheet redacted out the name of the suspect and the navy declined to provide details on his identity. It accused him twice of communicating secret information and three times of attempting to do so to a rep- resentative of a foreign government “with intent or reason to believe it would be used to the advantage of a foreign nation.” The document did not identify what foreign country or countries were involved. The US official said both China a nd Taiwan were possible but stressed the investigation was still going on. The suspect was also accused of engaging in prostitution and adultery. He has been held in pre-trial confinement for the past eight months or so, the of f icial added. USNI News, which first reported Lin’s identity, said he spoke f luent Mandarin and managed the collection of electronic signals from the EP3-E Aries II signals intelligence aircraft.