Early results of Edward Lin spy probe triggered national security alert

(From USNI News)

By Sam LaGrone

The investigation into a naval flight officer suspected of giving secrets to China and Taiwan triggered a potential national security incident alert to senior leadership in the Navy and Pentagon, two Navy officials confirmed to USNI News late Tuesday.

Lt. Cmdr. Edward Chieh-Liang Lin, 39, was quietly detained in September from his duty station as a department head assigned to the Navy’s secretive Special Projects Patrol Squadron Two ‘Wizards’ (VPU-2) at Marine Corps Air Base Kaneohe, Hawaii, and has been held at the Naval Consolidated Brig in Chesapeake, Va., under pre-trial confinement since.

Then-Lt. Edward C. Lin

Then-Lt. Edward C. Lin

Three months later, in December, Pentagon and Navy leadership received an incident alert that classified information could have been compromised, the two officials confirmed.

The alert likely stemmed from a requirement outlined the Navy’s Office of the Judge Advocate General handbook for litigating national security cases.

According to the handbook, OJAG’s National Security and Intelligence Law Division “is required to notify the Department of the Navy General Counsel (DON GC) if serious disciplinary action is being contemplated with respect to compromise of classified information.

Additionally, [the National Security and Intelligence Law Division] is responsible to ensure that the Secretary of the Navy and the [Chief of Naval Operations] or the Commandant of the Marine Corps, as appropriate, are kept advised of the status of such cases.”

In addition to Navy leadership, the House and Senate armed services committees were also notified when Lin was initially detained in September, committee sources told USNI News on Tuesday. Read more

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