Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin, a US Naval flight officer, has been charged with multiple counts of espionage and is accused of spying for China. The story was broke by USNI News.
According to the organization’s report, Lin is accused of passing classified information to a foreign entity and then lying about his whereabouts. Details about the case are currently few and far between as much of the information Lin is accused of passing along is classified.
Lin worked on the Lockheed Martin E-P3E Aries II reconnaissance aircraft and would have likely had knowledge about the United States’ reconnaissance operations being carried out by U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Lin has apparently been held by the Navy for the last eight months due to the accusations, however, the case is just now coming to the public eye as court proceedings are beginning to take place, the first of which was on Friday. Both the FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) are investigating the extent of the espionage.
Lin was the subject of a Navy.mil story back in 2008 when he gave and impassioned speech about becoming an American citizen (he and his family immigrated from Taiwan) and joining the Navy.
“I always dreamt about coming to America, the ‘promised land,'” he said. “I grew up believing that all the roads in America lead to Disneyland.”
“Whether it is economical, political, social or religious reasons,” Lin said. “I do know that by becoming a citizen of the United States of America, you did it to better your life and the life of your family.”