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US entrapped Navy officer accused of espionage: lawyer

Prosecutors say Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin -- a decorated Navy veteran -- committed a string of offenses including espionage, mishandling classified information and failing to follow lawful ordersA Navy officer facing espionage charges for allegedly handing military secrets to Taiwan and China was entrapped in a “nefarious scheme” by government agents, his lawyer argued in testimony made public Thursday. Prosecutors say Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin — a decorated Navy veteran — committed a string of offenses including espionage, mishandling classified information and failing to follow lawful orders. “The defense maintains that the government has engaged in a nefarious scheme to entrap Lieutenant Commander Lin,” defense lawyer Larry Youngner said during the so-called Article 32 hearing, which took place April 8 at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

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