U.S. Navy flight officer Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin was apprehended at an airport in Hawaii. U.S. officials suspect he was trying to flee the country. Lin has been held in confinement for the past eight months and is being charged with spying for China.
A Navy charge sheet twice accused the suspect of sharing vital and secret information “with intent or reason to believe it would be used to the advantage of a foreign nation.”
Lieutenant Commander Lin was also accused of engaging in prostitution and adultery.
U.S. officials believe both Taiwan and China were the countries Lin leaked the top secret information but the investigation is still ongoing.
After a hesitating response to a request for comment, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he was not aware of the case.
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry rejected the request to comment.
The U.S. Navy wrote about Lin in a 2008 articleÂ concentrating on his naturalization as a U.S. citizen. The article writes that Lin’s family left Taiwan when he was 14 and traveled to different countries before coming to America.
As days go by, tensions are growing between U.S. and Chinese governments.
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