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.