Lt Cdr Edward Lin.
Lt Cdr Edward Lin. AP

US Navy officer charged with spying for China

A US Navy officer accused of spying against America and passing on secrets to China.

The US media reports that Lt Cdr Edward Lin, a US citizen who was born in Taiwan, has been charged with espionage, accused of passing military secrets to China and Taiwa.

He is currently being held in Navy brig in Virginia awaiting a court-martial.

Officials believe he passed information to a Chinese girlfriend, the New York Times reported. Lt Cdr Lin is also charged with lying about his travels.

He joined the Navy as an enlisted sailor in 1999 and became a US citizen in 2008.

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