A former State Department employee is paying the consequences for accepting bribes from Chinese intelligence in return for government information and will have plenty of time to reflect on her crimes in prison.
This week a federal judge dropped the hammer on Candace Claiborne who received cash and perks in the form of vacations, tuition, and a fully furnished apartment.
It was a betrayal of trust bordering in outright treason and one has to wonder how many more have been seduced by Chinese money.
Despite the grave nature of her crimes, Claiborne received a relatively light sentence of 40 months in prison and a $40,000 fine.
Who was Claiborne’s boss? Hillary Clinton.
A former State Department employee has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for concealing her interactions with two Chinese intelligence agents — along with extravagant gifts they gave her in exchange for government information.https://t.co/wiJPZJMeTb
— NPR (@NPR) July 10, 2019
Over the course of five years, Chinese agents allegedly gave Claiborne and her family “tens of thousands of dollars” in gifts and perks – including wired cash, a monthly stipend, overseas trips, tuition at a Chinese fashion school and an apartment that was fully furnished. In exchange for the gifts, Claiborne gave them a window into the State Department’s inner workings through copies of internal documents about dignitary visits and other topics.
Prosecutors said she told a co-conspirator that the agents were “spies” and wrote in her journal that she could “Generate 20k in 1 year” by working with one of the agents.
As America’s top global adversary, China runs aggressive campaigns targeting greedy or desperate insiders like Claiborne, the magnitude of the damage that is being done to national security is unthinkable as many choose to sell out their own country to feather their own nests.
Former State Department Employee Sentenced for Conspiring with Chinese Agents https://t.co/BYUCAHDGj1
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) July 9, 2019
According to the official Justice Department statement:
Candace Marie Claiborne, a former employee of the U.S. Department of State, was sentenced today to 40 months in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $40,000 for conspiracy to defraud the United States, by lying to law enforcement and background investigators, and hiding her extensive contacts with, and gifts from, agents of the People’s Republic of China, in exchange for providing them with internal documents from the U.S. State Department.
“Chinese intelligence agents convinced Candace Marie Claiborne to trade her integrity and confidential information of the United States government for cash and other gifts for herself and her family,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers. “Claiborne withheld information and lied repeatedly about these foreign intelligence contacts. Violations of the public’s trust are an affront to our citizens and to all those who honor their oaths. With this sentencing, justice has been imposed for these dishonorable criminal acts.”
“Candace Claiborne received gifts from foreign officials and lied to investigators repeatedly about her role in defrauding the U.S. government,” said U.S. Attorney Liu. “Claiborne violated her oath as a State Department employee and today’s sentence should send a message to those who abuse their positions of trust. We will continue to seek prosecution and hold those accountable for their illegal actions.”
“Claiborne was entrusted with privileged information as a U.S. government employee, and she abused that trust at the expense of our nation’s security,” said Acting Assistant Director Selleck. “The targeting of U.S. security clearance holders by Chinese intelligence services is a constant threat we face, and today’s sentencing shows that those who betray the trust of the American people will be held accountable for their actions. I would like to thank the men and women of the FBI Washington Field Office and our partners at the Department of Justice for their work in investigating and prosecuting this case.”
“This sentence makes a strong statement to those who would attempt to commit crimes that violate the public trust and damage our national security,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary Colón. “The Diplomatic Security Service is dedicated to working with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to ensure that those who commit these crimes are brought to justice.”
While Democrats and their winged monkeys in the media have spent years promoting conspiracy theories about Russia as an excuse for losing the 2016 election, the much more serious threat is China.
Now let’s see Senator Dianne Feinstein hauled in front of a judge for employing a Chinese spy for two decades.