Former Hillary Clinton Employee Candace Candace Claiborne Has Been Indicted On Charges She Improperly Exchanged Information For Gifts And Compensation From Chinese Agents.

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State Department Employee Arrested and Charged With Concealing Extensive Contacts With Foreign Agents

A federal complaint was unsealed today charging Candace Marie Claiborne, 60, of Washington, D.C., and an employee of the U.S. Department of State, with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI, both felony offenses, for allegedly concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with foreign intelligence agents.
 
The charges were announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary B. McCord for National Security, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips of the District of Columbia and Assistant Director in Charge Andrew W. Vale of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.
 
“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.”
 
“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.”
 
The FBI arrested Claiborne on March 28. She made her first appearance this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
 
According to the affidavit in support of the complaint and arrest warrant, which was unsealed today, Claiborne began working as an Office Management Specialist for the Department of State in 1999. She has served overseas at a number of posts, including embassies and consulates in Baghdad, Iraq, Khartoum, Sudan, and Beijing and Shanghai, China. As a condition of her employment, Claiborne maintains a Top Secret security clearance. Claiborne also is required to report any contacts with persons suspected of affiliation with a foreign intelligence agency.
 
Despite such a requirement, the affidavit alleges, Claiborne failed to report repeated contacts with two intelligence agents of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), even though these agents provided tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits to Claiborne and her family over five years. According to the affidavit, the gifts and benefits included cash wired to Claiborne’s USAA account, 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. Some of these gifts and benefits were provided directly to Claiborne, the affidavit alleges, while others were provided through a co-conspirator.
 
According to the affidavit, Claiborne noted in her journal that she could “Generate 20k in 1 year” working with one of the PRC agents, who, shortly after wiring $2,480 to Claiborne, tasked her with providing internal U.S. Government analyses on a U.S.-Sino Strategic Economic Dialogue that had just concluded.
 
Claiborne, who allegedly confided to a co-conspirator that the PRC agents were “spies,” willfully misled State Department background investigators and FBI investigators about her contacts with those agents, the affidavit states. After the State Department and FBI investigators contacted her, Claiborne also instructed her co-conspirators to delete evidence connecting her to the PRC agents, the affidavit alleges.
 
Charges contained in a criminal complaint are merely allegations, and every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
 
The maximum penalty for a person convicted of obstructing an official proceeding is 20 years in prison. The maximum penalty for making false statements to the FBI is five years in prison. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. If convicted of any offense, the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
 
At her court appearance today, Claiborne pleaded not guilty before the Honorable Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather. A preliminary hearing was set for April 18.
 
The FBI’s Washington Field Office is leading the investigation into this matter. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John L. Hill and Thomas A. Gillice for the District of Columbia and Trial Attorney Julie Edelstein of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.
 
2017 03 29 Claiborne Complaint and Redacted Affidavit
 
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18 thoughts on “Former Hillary Clinton Employee Candace Candace Claiborne Has Been Indicted On Charges She Improperly Exchanged Information For Gifts And Compensation From Chinese Agents.

  1. “softly softly catchee monkey” according to PBS this is an old Scotish saying that is very apropiate to the US today and if they KEEP catching these monkeys they WILL get the chief top MONKEY ! Sooner is better before OBUMMER runs away with the MONKEY MONEY!
    The ENTIRE US government is infested with the golf bums agents go get them!

    • Opportunity to run for president in 2020 with the media and XNC (where X = D and R) eliminating the opposition.
      I can already see the TV ads. Comey/Clapper 2020!

  2. I heard someone on a talk show explain that what the problem really is is that the dems were so sure that Hillary would win, they were taken off guard and didn’t have time to clean up! They thought that Hillary would SURELY win and that they could cover their tracks at leisure…if at all.

    • I don’t think there’s much of a difference there – after his unprovoked attack on Syria, it looks like Trump is yet another one of them, so the fact that they didn’t get to clean up won’t really change anything.
      They’ll arrest a couple of low-level operatives to claim that they drained the swamp while letting the REALLY bad corrupted crooks, from Hitlery to Bush to Obama, go free, as usual. Not much to see here.

      • Syrian issue.
        Attack was on planes. Sends message to many.
        Attack actually done by Gulf Cooperation Council.
        Iranian pilot used a Syrian plane for drfor
        The mullahs will be gone within a year.

  3. As usual. Arrest a lowlevel scapegoat, let the real criminals at the top, from Bush to Clinton to Trump, literally get away with murder.
    Start from the top, arresting their small helpers can wait until the big bad guys are taken out of the picture.

      • “A federal complaint was unsealed today charging Candace Marie Claiborne, 60, of Washington, D.C., and an employee of the U.S. Department of State, with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI…”
        If she was being charged with treason, that would be among the enumerated charges – that is just the way it is done. It does not matter what any of us might think, the charges are what we are shown. The Justice Department would have no reason to conceal a charge of treason, and every reason to be up-front about the nature of the charges.
        The writer of the piece above reveals both their ignorance and their bias by implying that there are charges of treason where none exist.

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