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US Navy Officer Arrested for Spying for China

The Spy v Spy game never stops…

Active duty U.S. Navy officer charged with spying

A U.S. Navy commander has been charged with espionage and attempted espionage, and communicating defense information to a foreign nation, CBS News has learned.

The officer, whose name is redacted from the charging document, was charged with two counts of espionage, three counts of attempted espionage and five counts of communicating defense information.

Charging documents assert that the commander shared secret information relating to U.S. national defense to a representative of a foreign government.

The commander was also charged with one count of prostitution and one count of adultery.

The U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) reports that several sources familiar with the case said the country to which the commander passed secrets was China.

USNI also reports the commander was Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin, who served on some of the Navy’s most sensitive intelligence gathering aircraft. USNI reports Lin was a Taiwanese national before his family moved to the U.S. One source confirms to CBS News the name of the officer is Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin.

An Article 32 hearing was held on Friday, April 8.

The investigation is being conducted jointly by the FBI and NCIS.

The last notorious case of a Navy officer spying happened in the 1980s.

John Anthony Walker worked as a Soviet spy while serving as communications specialist for the U.S. Navy.

He led a ring that delivered key information to the Soviet Union from 1967 until 1985. Walker’s covert dealings made it possible for the Soviets to unscramble military communications and find U.S. submarines at any time.

He had already retired as a Navy officer when arrested in 1985. Other members of his ring included his sailor son Michael, his brother Arthur James Walker, who also served in the Navy, and his friend Jerry Alfred Whitworth, who trained in the Navy’s satellite communications. Though Walker is thought to have won a high military rank from the Russians, he also became a member of the Ku Klux Klan and the John Birch Society.

Many believe that John Walker’s actions were the biggest security breach of the Cold War. Once arrested, Walker would only agree to plead guilty if his son was granted leniency for his minor involvement. Walker was given three life sentences, and died in prison in 2014.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2016 in International Terrorism, Uncategorized

 

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The New US Navy – Cursing Like a Sailor…Out!

Navy Captains are the most autocratic basterds on earth. It comes with the awesome responsibility of captaining ships, some of which could, quite literally, end civilization as we know it on Earth. With that said, the Navy works real hard on making sure that the “boat drivers” are held to some very high standards of professionalism and ethics. If you have ever had the opportunity to work with some of these folks, the vast majority are exceptional people. The fastest ticket to civilian life in the Military is to screw up as a Captain, even it it isn’t your fault – it happened on your ship.

But – like in every human endeavor…

Once in a while a bad apple slips though.

Through the centuries, sailors have certainly invented, and added a few “salty” words to the lexicon, and stories of bad boat Captains are the fodder of fiction… And in some cases History. “Racing” a $300 Million boat on the public’s ticket?

I think two Captains ended their career with this one.

Cursing Female Navy Captain Booted From Ship

Navy Captain Holly Graf

In a blow to the public image of women in senior military positions, a female Navy captain was removed from command of a destroyer after an inspector general investigation found that she verbally and physically assaulted crew members and forced subordinates to walk her dog and entertain at a personal party.

Capt. Holly Graf’s tenure in charge of the guided missile cruiser Cowpens included numerous cases of belittling crew members in a manner that apparently shocked even hardened sailors used to foul-mouthed ship behavior, according to investigators. “What are you, f******* stupid?” was apparently a regular Graf refrain.

The report, which substantiated several of the claims made against Graf, brought an end to her time on the ship. The military newspaper Stars & Stripes reported Graf’s removal in January for abusive behavior, citing the inspector general report, which had not been publicly released at the time. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2010 in News

 

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