The FBI’s Washington Field Office announced Wednesday that sixty-year-old Candace Marie Claiborne, a U.S. Department of State employee, was charged with two felonies: "obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI." Allegedly she had numerous contacts with foreign agents that she kept secret. According to the Department of Justice:
“Candace Marie Claiborne is a U.S. State Department employee who possesses a Top Secret security clearance and allegedly failed to report her contacts with Chinese foreign intelligence agents who provided her with thousands of dollars of gifts and benefits,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General McCord. “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.”
But wait, there's more!
“Candace Claiborne is charged with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements in connection with her alleged concealment and failure to report her improper connections to foreign contacts along with the tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits they provided,” said U.S. Attorney Phillips. “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”
“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," said Assistant Director in Charge Vale. "The FBI will continue to investigate individuals who, though required by law, fail to report foreign contacts, which is a key indicator of potential insider threats posed by those in positions of public trust.”
So what kinds of perks can an unscrupulous government employee get from foreign agents over the course of five years? Some of the benefits include:
1. tens of thousands of dollars in gifts
2. an Apple iPhone
3. an Apply laptop computer
4. Chinese New Year’s gifts
6. international travel and vacations
7. tuition at a Chinese fashion school
8. a fully furnished apartment
9. a monthly stipend.
She also said that she could "generate 20k in 1 year” if she kept working with one particular agent. During an era when everyone is calling on the Trump administration to be investigated because of contacts with foreign powers, it's worth noting that Claiborne is a Clinton-era hire.