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1601, 11 Apr 16

Navy Officer Charged with Espionage

It’s nice to see that our nation is still willing to prosecute people who share national secrets with foreigners.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official told AFP the sailor is Lieutenant Commander Edward Chieh-Liang Lin, who has been in the Navy since 1999 and has won several awards including two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals.

The Navy declined to confirm his identity, but provided a heavily redacted copy of a charge sheet that outlined four charges against an officer of Lin’s rank.

According to that document, the suspect communicated “secret information relating to the national defense to representatives of a foreign government.”

The US official said Lin is accused of handing secret information over to China and Taiwan, adding it was possible the investigation could also uncover ties to other countries.


The United States also suspects Beijing is conducting cyber attacks on US interests and passing this information to the private sector for commercial gain.


1601, 11 April 2016


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