US Navy Officer Charged With Spying

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg/Released)

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, a US official said on Sunday. 

The official identified the suspect as Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, who was born in Taiwan and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen.  In the Navy he 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 to a representative of a foreign government “with intent or reason to believe it would be used to the advantage of a foreign nation.”

Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin,

Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin,

Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, once said, “I always dreamed about coming to America, the ‘promised land’.  His family left Taiwan when he was 14 and stayed in different countries before coming to America.  A Navy profile article written about him in December 2008 describes a time when he spoke at a naturalization ceremony in Honolulu.

Lt. Edward Lin shared his feelings about America before becoming a naturalized citizen and spoke about his life since that day nine years ago.  He had words of encouragement for the 80 newly nationalized American citizens. “You have recognized that not only do citizens have rights, but citizens also have responsibilities. Extraordinary events made this nation and our military. People like you, men and women who stepped forward when their nation needed them accomplished these extraordinary events. I thank you for your decision to serve.”

Now, just seven years later he is facing charges of spying against the very country he claimed to love.


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