Lin may have been spy­ing for both China and Tai­wan; he was also ac­cused of pros­ti­tu­tion

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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.

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