04-11-2016, 01:33 PM #1
Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin charged with espionage & prostitutionA Taiwan-born Navy officer who became a naturalized U.S. citizen faces charges of espionage, attempted espionage and prostitution in a highly secretive case in which he is accused of providing classified information to China and Taiwan, U.S. officials said.
The Navy, which has not identified Lin by name, said the officer is assigned to the headquarters for the Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, which oversees maritime patrol aircraft such as the P-8A Poseidon and P-3C Orion spyplanes and the MQ-4C Triton surveillance drone.
A heavily redacted charge sheet released by the Navy states that the officer faces two specifications of espionage and three specifications of attempted espionage. He is accused of communicating secret information “with intent or reason to believe it would be used to the advantage of a foreign nation,” hiring a prostitute for sex, committing adultery by having sex with a woman who was not his wife, not disclosing foreign travel to the U.S. government as required, and lying about it after the fact.
05-06-2016, 02:38 PM #2A Taiwanese-born U.S. Navy officer charged with spying for China and Taiwan confessed to the crime, but his attorneys said his confession should not be admissible in court.
Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin's attorneys said he was never read his rights and that the information in question is readily available on the Internet. Lin, a naval flight officer, faces two counts of espionage, three counts of attempted espionage and five counts of communicating defense information. According to charging documents, Lin, 39, met five times with an undercover Mandarin-speaking FBI agent, allegedly giving classified information. It is not clear what information he allegedly provided. Lin, who is married, also faces adultery charges and charges related to soliciting a prostitute.
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