A former Clinton-appointee to the State Department has pleaded guilty to conspiring with enemy Chinese agents this week.
The FBI arrested Clinton-operative Candace Marie Claiborne back in 2017, and she has been undergoing investigation and trials for her crimes since then.
Claiborne had a Top Secret security clearance, as given to her by the Clinton State Dept.
Investigators found numerous entries about her crimes in her private journals.
In one entry she said she was making $20,000 a year spying for the Chinese. In another she admitted to willfully misleading the State Department about the agents she was working for.
Well, finally, her verdict is in and she has pleaded guilty.
Claiborne pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States by lying to law enforcement and background investigators. She also pleaded guilty to hiding her contacts with, and gifts from, agents of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), in exchange for providing them with internal documents from the U.S. State Department.
Per the Department of Justice website:
“Candace Marie Claiborne traded her integrity and non-public information of the United States government in exchange for cash and other gifts from foreign agents she knew worked for the Chinese intelligence service,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers. “She withheld information and lied repeatedly about these contacts. Violations of the public’s trust are an affront to our citizens and to all those who honor their oaths. With this guilty plea we are one step closer to imposing justice for these dishonorable criminal acts.”
“Candace Claiborne broke the public trust when she accepted gifts and money from foreign officials, and then lied about it to State Department background investigators,” said U.S. Attorney Liu. “The United States will continue to seek to hold accountable those who abuse their positions of trust.”
“Candace Claiborne was entrusted with Top Secret information when she purposefully misled federal investigators about her repeated interactions with foreign contacts which violated her oath of office as a State Department employee,” said Assistant Director McNamara. “The FBI will continue to investigate individuals who fail to report foreign contacts, which is a key indicator of potential insider threats posed by those in positions of public trust.”
“Our close working relationship with the FBI and the Department of Justice resulted in the conviction of Candace Claiborne who violated the public trust and damaged our national security,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary Colón. “Diplomatic Security will continue working with our law enforcement partners to vigorously defend the interests and security of the United States of America.”
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