Amid Shocking Chinese Spy Case, Our Navy Can No Longer Be Trusted Latest espionage scandal reveals a service that is deeply troubled and failing in its basic national security mission

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Navy sailors from The Netherlands watch training exercises from aboard the Choctaw County, a new U.S. Navy non-combatant vessel that has a civilian crew to provide maritime security, crisis response and troop transport, in the Gulf off the coast of Bahrain's capital Manama on April 10, 2016 The Bahrain-based U.S. Naval Forces Central Command is leading the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX). / AFP / MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images)

Over the weekend a sensational spy saga appeared in the media, one that the U.S. Navy managed to keep out of the headlines for the last eight months. The Department of the Navy revealed that a career officer has been sitting in a brig in Norfolk, Virginia for months, suspected of espionage on behalf of a foreign power. Although the indictment was heavily redacted, it was obvious that the accused has done serious damage to our national security, not least because the charges—including communicating secret information “relating to the national defense to representatives of a foreign government”—could carry the death penalty.

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