"Following this week's release of the Article 32 preliminary hearing officer's report, we maintain that Lt. Cmdr. Edward 'Eddy' Lin is innocent of espionage, innocent of failing to follow lawful orders, innocent of false official statements and innocent of violating the general article, Article 134, of the Uniform Code of Military Justice," said Larry Youngner, a retired Air Force judge advocate and Lin's civilian attorney, in a statement Friday.
The exclusive statement to Navy Times is the first indication on how Lin's legal team intends to handle the high-profile case, which has raised concerns that foreign spies may have breached one of the U.S. military's most shadowy squadrons.
Investigators believe Lin was spying for Taiwan or the People's Republic of China, or both, according to U.S. officials who asked for anonymity to discuss an ongoing legal case.
Lin also faces charges of adultery and patronizing prostitutes, according to his charge sheet provided to Navy Times.
"While we await the convening authority's decision as to whether to actually proceed to trial, it is our assessment that Lt. Cmdr. Lin's case is best handled administratively 'in a timely manner at the lowest appropriate level' as Rule for Court-Martial 306(b) allows," he said in the statement.
"Should Lt. Cmdr. Lin's case be referred to a court-martial, we request a speedy trial on the merits and look forward to defending Lt. Cmdr. Lin, who has honorably served the United States, to include combat tours, since 1998."
When Lin was arrested last year he was serving in one the Navy's most shadowy organization, a secretive maritime patrol squadron that specializes in signals intelligence.
Special Projects Patrol Squadron 2, based in Kaneohe, Hawaii, flies modified P-3C Orion and P-8A Poseidon aircraft.
"They have the coolest stuff, as much of it as they need and what they do with it is classified," said one officer familiar with the squadron's duties.
The squadrons have been known to fly planes with high-tech electronic surveillance gear designed to look like standard maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft, according to a website dedicated to P-3 Orions and their missions.
David B. Larter was the naval warfare reporter for Defense News.