SPYING FOR CHINA: Obama State Department Employee Charged
Chinese spies bribed an Obama State Department employee with a sewing machine.
The fastest way to convince America to spy on itself: find a liberal career bureaucrat and pay the greedy b*tch!
Attorney General Jeff Sessions started draining the D.C. swamp. A veteran State Department employee with Top Secret security clearance took payments to spy on the United States for China across a five-year period, Justice Department officials noted Wednesday.
Beginning in 2011, 60-year-old Candace Marie Claiborne and a male co-conspirator allegedly requested and received numerous gifts. It doesn’t cost much to turn traitor against America these days. Bribes from Chinese intelligence agents included cash, an iPhone, a laptop, meals, international vacations, Chinese fashion school tuition, a sewing machine, a monthly stipend, and a fully-furnished apartment in exchange for information.
Apparently, Obama’s State Department had little to no oversight of its people.
Further, Leftists stand ready to betray America for little or nothing.
Assistant Director in Charge Andrew W. Vale announced:
“Candace Claiborne is accused of violating her oath of office as a State Department employee, who was entrusted with Top Secret information when she purposefully mislead federal investigators about her significant and repeated interactions with foreign contacts.”
Claiborne served overseas in multiple posts starting in 1999. Among them, she worked in Iraq, the Sudan, and Beijing and Shanghai, China. Before her arrest on Tuesday, Claiborne was an office manager in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips remarked:
“As a State Department employee with a Top Secret clearance, she received training and briefing about the need for caution and transparency. This case demonstrates that U.S. government employees will be held accountable for failing to honor the trust placed in them when they take on such sensitive assignments.”
Accountability was nonexistent on Obama’s watch. Obama focused on gutting America’s national security.
As for his Attorney General, she ran interference for the Clinton campaign.
They didn’t have time to bother with Chinese recruitment of American spies. Charges against Claiborne include obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI. How do liberals get this dumb? No one gets away with lying to the FBI. Like most arrogant criminals, she felt superior to the rules.
Did Claiborne think she is a Clinton? A bargain-basement Clinton at that.
Claiborne estimated she could pull down $20,000 a year from her two Chinese handlers. The spies sent her almost $2,500 cash in exchange for “internal U.S. government analyses on a U.S.-Sino Strategic Economic Dialogue that had just concluded.”
Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary B. McCord noted:
“Claiborne used her position and her access to sensitive diplomatic data for personal profit. Pursuing those who imperil our national security for personal gain will remain a key priority of the National Security Division.”
The Chinese spies wanted “information on political, economic, and security policies that may affect China, foreign intelligence operations directed at China, and biographical profiles of foreign politicians and intelligence officers.”
When the FBI and State Department confronted her, Candace Claiborne intentionally lied to investigators.
She denied the “special favors” she did for foreign agents and instructed co-conspirators to delete evidence of communications with her.
Acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner explained:
“When a public servant is suspected of potential misconduct or federal crimes that violate the public trust, we vigorously investigate such claims. The Department of State is firmly committed to investigating and working with the Department of Justice and our other law enforcement partners to investigate any allegations of criminal activity and bring those who commit crimes to justice.”
Claiborne pled not guilty and faces up to 20 years in prison.