The Latest: Navy officer accused of espionage strikes deal

06-May-2017 Intellasia | AP | 8:16 AM Print This Post

The Latest on the case of a Taiwan-born Navy officer accused of espionage: (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

A Taiwan-born Navy officer accused of espionage has struck a plea deal with theUSgovernment.

Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin on Thursday agreed to plead not guilty to a specific charge of espionage involvingChinaorTaiwan. But he is pleading guilty to mishandling classified information, communicating national defense information, failing to report foreign contacts and lying about where he was going to while on leave.

Lin and his attorneys began hashing out the deal Thursday morning in a Navy court inNorfolk. A Navy judge plans to go through the details of Lin’s crimes this afternoon.

Court documents did not reveal whom Lin was accused of spying for. But officials told The Associated Press last year that the country involved isChinaorTaiwan, and possibly both.

3:05 a.m.

A military trial is set to begin for a Taiwan-born Navy officer accused of passing military secrets toChinaorTaiwan.

Lt. Cmdr. Stephanie Turo, a Navy spokeswoman, confirmed on Wednesday the espionage trial inNorfolkwill begin Thursday.

Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin is accused of failing to report foreign contacts and passing along secret national defense information. He is being held in a Navy brig inVirginia.

Court documents do not reveal whom Lin is accused of spying for. But officials told The Associated Press last year that the country involved isChinaorTaiwan, and possibly both.

Civilian defense attorney Larry Younger declined to comment. Lin’s sister, Jenny Lin, wrote to members of Congress last year and said the Navy lacks evidence to support the charges.

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