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Navy officer accused of passing secrets to China faces espionage and prostitution charges

Navy officer accused of passing secrets to China faces espionage and prostitution charges

A Taiwan-born Navy officer who became a naturalized U.S. citizen faces charges of espionage, attempted espionage and prostitution in a highly secretive case in which he is accused of providing classified information to China, U.S. officials said.

The Navy examined the charges against Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin in a preliminary military justice hearing on Friday. The service did not release his identity, but a U.S. official disclosed it Sunday under the condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the case. Lin's connection to the case was first reported by USNI News.

The Navy, which has not identified Lin by name, said the officer is assigned to the headquarters for the...

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