A Navy officer of the United States with access to profound U.S. intelligence faces espionage charges over allegations that he’s passed the state secrets, possibly to China & Taiwan, said a U.S. official on Sunday.
The official identified the suspect as Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, who was born in Taiwan & he later became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
A redacted Navy charge sheet stated that he was assigned t headquarters for the Navy’s Patrol & the Reconnaissance Group, which supervises the intelligence collection happenings.
The charge sheet redacted out the name of suspect & Navy refused to provide details on his identity.
It indicted him twice of communicating the secret information and 3 times of trying to do so to a representative of foreign govt. “with intent or reason to believe it’d be used to the advantage of a foreign nation.”
The document didn’t identify what foreign country or the countries were involved.
The official from the United States said that both Taiwan & China were possible however stressed that the investigation was still going on.
The USNI News that 1st reported Lin’s identity, had stated that he spoke fluent Mandarin & managed to collect the electronic signals from EP3-E Aries II signals intelligence aircraft.
The U.S. Navy had profiled Lin in 2008 article that focused on his naturalization to US, saying that his family left Taiwan when he was 14 & stayed in different countries before settling to America.
“I always dreamt about coming to America, the ‘promised land’,” he said. “I grew up believing that all the roads in America lead to the Disneyland.”
Lu Kang, the spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that he wasn’t aware of details of the case. He didn’t elaborate. China’s Defence Ministry didn’t immediately answer to a request for comment.
Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said that it had no information on case, however the Foreign Ministry of Taiwan refused to comment.