Ever since Donald Trump was elected president, an increasing number of government officials have been going rogue and leaking classified information to try and bring him down. The disturbing level of corruption in our government has become evident in the last few months as a result of this, and it was proven once again this week when a State Department employee was arrested and charged with obstructing an FBI investigation into her contacts with foreign intelligence agents.
Western Journalism reported that Candace Claiborne, a 60 year-old employee who has been with the State Department since 1999, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI, both of which are felonies. She pleaded not guilty to all charges during a Wednesday court appearance.
The Department of Justice released a statement saying Claiborne has been accused of contacting two Chinese intelligence agents who “provided tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits to Claiborne and her family over five years.” During her career, Claiborne served in Baghdad, Iraq, Khartoum, Sudan, and Beijing and Shanghai, China. The State Department required Claiborne to report her contacts, but she did not do so.
The DOJ said Claiborne received cash as well as “an Apple iPhone and laptop computer, Chinese New Year’s gifts, meals, international travel and vacations, tuition at a Chinese fashion school, a fully furnished apartment, and a monthly stipend.” It also said that when she became aware that she was being investigated, Claiborne “instructed her co-conspirators to delete evidence connecting her to the (Chinese) agents.”
“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 Andrew W. Vale, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office. “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.”
“As a State Department employee with a Top Secret clearance, she received training and briefing about the need for caution and transparency,” U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips said in a statement. “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.”
If she is convicted, Claiborne could face up to 25 years in prison.
This story serves as a reminder of just how widespread the corruption in our government has become. Barack Hussein Obama made this even worse by allowing incidents like this to occur right under his nose and doing nothing to stop them.
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