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U.S. Navy officer charged with spying, possibly for China, Taiwan

"I grew up believing that all the roads in America lead to Disneyland."

PHIL STEWART reporting for Reuters: The U.S. Navy intelligence officer was accused of espionage and passing of secret information to a foreign power. Though initially a U.S. official commenting on situation refused to tell what foreign power that was, today all fingers point at China and/or Taiwan.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the suspect as Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, who was born in Taiwan and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen, according a Navy profile article written about him in 2008.

A redacted Navy charge sheet indicates that the suspect was assigned to the headquarters for the Navy's Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, which oversees intelligence collection activities. However, the sheet provided no details on his identity.

The U.S. official said both China and Taiwan were primary leads, but stressed the investigation was still going on. Chinese side responded through Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang who said he was not aware of the details of the case. He did not elaborate.

The U.S. Navy profiled Lin in a 2008 article that focused on his naturalization to the United States, saying his family left Taiwan when he was 14 and stayed in different countries before coming to America.

"I always dreamt about coming to America, the 'promised land'," he said. "I grew up believing that all the roads in America lead to Disneyland."

The Navy's article can be seen here: 1.usa.gov/1SIEJDe

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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