Supporters of alleged spy challenge Navy accusations

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  • The charges against Edward Lin involve espionage, attempted espionage, prostitution and adultery
  • The Bring Eddy Home site argues his case is "not as salacious as the government's narrative makes it out to be"

Washington (CNN)The website Bring Eddy Home is challenging the government's narrative regarding the case against U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin.

The accused spy is innocent, reads the website, which appears to have been launched over the weekend by his family. They believe the government has designed a fictitious, "spy who loved me" plot against the naval flight officer.
    "He is no spy for Taiwan or any other foreign country," the website claims. A government official previously told CNN it is also possible Lin, who was born in Taiwan, may have been sharing sensitive information with China.
    Lin, whose charges involve espionage, attempted espionage, prostitution and adultery, was arrested in September 2015 while boarding a flight to mainland China. His case surfaced in April following a preliminary hearing.
    CNN previously reported that Lin is being held in a brig in Chesapeake, Virginia.
    According to his supporters, Lin was imprisoned for two months without charges. They allege that the government neither protected nor respected Lin's constitutional rights. They contend that, instead, the government has taken its time to "create a conventional, easy-to-digest, sensationalized tale of espionage, misdirection, and sexual perversion."
    "We have no response at this time out of respect for the ongoing judicial process, the rights of the accused, and to ensure the process is fair and impartial," U.S. Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Hawkins told CNN in response to questions about the website.
    "The military judicial system, like the civilian justice system, is based on the principle that a person is considered innocent until proven guilty," Hawkins continued.
    The "website is set up by his family," stated an email -- signed "The Lin Family" -- sent from an address affiliated with Bring Eddy Home. It also stated, "At this time, the family does not have more to comment beyond what's on the website and the comment provided by Eddy's civilian attorney, Larry Youngner."
    In a statement provided to CNN, Youngner said, "Following last 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."
    Lin's civilian attorney and his firm Tully Rinckey are not associated with the website, according to the firm.
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    "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," Youngner, who spent over 20 years as a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force, said in the same statement.
    Bring Eddy Home aims to show that Lin's case is "not as salacious as the government's narrative makes it out to be" and seeks donations for continued "top-notch legal support."
    Eddy, as he is referred to on the website, apparently became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1998. His defenders insist that Lin's "sense of honor" inspired his decision to join the Navy after becoming an American.
    Lin enlisted in the Navy in 1999 before becoming commissioned in 2002. According to his Navy record, Lin received two commendation medals and various other service and achievement medals.
    At a 2008 naturalization ceremony Lin spoke at, he told new U.S. citizens that he "always dreamt about coming to America, the 'promised land.'"
    The website maintained that "Eddy hasn't changed."