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How U.S. Navy officer accused of spying may have helped enemies

New details have emerged on the active-duty United States Naval officer who is accused of espionage and facing multiple charges for allegedly passing secrets to China.

Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin worked as a flight officer on the Navy’s sensitive intelligence gathering aircraft, the EP-3E Reconnaissance. A U.S. official familiar with the case claims Lin leaked details about the plane’s communications systems – information that could help adversaries counter U.S. eavesdropping.

Exact details of the information Lin may have shared with China and for how long is still not clear.

Heavily redacted charge documents accuse Lin with five counts of espionage and attempted espionage, three counts of making false official statements and five counts of communicating defense information “to a person not entitled to receive said information.”

Lin is also charged with engaging in prostitution and adultery while on active duty, which is also a violation of military law.

Originally from Taiwan, Lin didn’t become a U.S. citizen until 2008. CBS News has confirmed that Lin has been in custody since last summer. A Navy admiral must now decide whether there is enough evidence against Lin to court martial him. In the meantime, he is being held in a Navy brig in Virginia.

If found guilty of one of the most serious espionage charges, Lin could face the death penalty.

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