The naval aviator accused of spying for a foreign government is set to face a general court-martial in October, in a high-profile case that has caught national attention.
The Navy set a trial date of Oct. 26 for Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin at Naval Station Norfolk, The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported. Lin is accused of espionage, attempted espionage, making false official statements, communicating defense information, and failing to report foreign contacts and the compromise of classified information.
Lin has pleaded not guilty to these charges, and his family has set up a website to defend the naval flight officer, who served in one of the Navy's most shadowy squadrons. Navy leaders have said they expect much of the proceedings to be closed to protect classified information.