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October Trial Date Set for Navy Espionage Case

Then-Lt. Edward Lin, a native of Taiwan, shares his personal stories about his journey to citizenship to 80 newly nationalized citizens at a ceremony in Honolulu, Dec. 3, 2008. (Photo by Sarah Murphy/U.S. Navy)
Then-Lt. Edward Lin, a native of Taiwan, shares his personal stories about his journey to citizenship to 80 newly nationalized citizens at a ceremony in Honolulu, Dec. 3, 2008. (Photo by Sarah Murphy/U.S. Navy)

The Navy set an Oct. 26 trial date Tuesday for an officer charged with spying and a litany of other crimes.

Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin faces two counts of espionage, three counts of attempted espionage and five counts of communicating defense information, among other things. He has pleaded not guilty.

Charging documents show military prosecutors believe Lin committed espionage from 2012 to 2014 in the Washington area.

Lin served for most of that time as a staff aide to Vice Adm. Joseph Mulloy. Mulloy was serving as the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget and the director of the fiscal management division, according to a Navy biography.

Mulloy is now the deputy chief of naval operations for integration of capabilities and resources.

The Navy has not publicly said what classified information it accuses Lin of providing or to which government, although Lin's attorneys have said it is Taiwan.

Lin was born in Taiwan, and he and his family moved to the United States when he was 14. He became a naturalized citizen in 1998 and joined the Navy in 1999.

At the time of his arrest, Lin was assigned to a secretive patrol squadron in Hawaii. Authorities apprehended him at the Honolulu airport before he was set to board a flight to China.

Lin is being held in the Naval Consolidated Brig in Chesapeake, although his attorneys have requested he be released pending his trial. It's unclear when a military judge will rule on that request.

Lin's trial will be held at Norfolk Naval Station and is scheduled to last through Nov. 11.

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