US Navy officer charged with espionage | Fox News

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer transits the East Sea during Exercise Ssang Yong. ( US Navy via Reuters)

A U.S. defense official told Fox News Saturday that a U.S. Navy Lieutenant commander assigned to a maritime reconnaissance squadron has been charged with espionage.

The official couldnt immediately uncovered which nation the accused American spy was working for.

According to Newsweek, the policeman was arrested last summertime and the investigation is still ongoing. The redacted charge sheets say the officer dedicated secret information relating to the national defense to representatives of a foreign government. However, the pages dont specify what sort of information was provided.

A U.S. officer told Newsweek the policeman was apprehended eight months ago. The charges suggest the officer may have been under surveillance by the U.S. Navy for a longer period. The official said that other arrests in the case havent been ruled out and the FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service are cooperating in the investigation.

The officer is accused of three countings of attempted espionage, three countings of building false official statements and five countings of communicating defense information to a person not entitled to receive said information. The officer is also accused of a false address when he was on leave.

If found guilty of the most severe espionage charges, the officer might face the death penalty.

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