Candace Marie Claiborne is a U.S. State Department employee and has been arrested for obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI, both felony offences, for allegedly concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with foreign intelligence agents.
From the US Justice Government website:
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.
Now many are speculating that Claiborne was known about and possibly used by both Bill Clinton during his presidency and Hillary Clinton during the Obama administration. Much of this speculation derives from the fact that some of the Countries Claiborne was dealing with in her early days were the very same Countries who have been accused of funnelling money into the Clinton foundation.
With Hillary Clinton expected and pushed to win the US presidential elections in order to secure undercover operatives such as Claiborne:
I would even speculate that Lynch herself knew about the traitor and that Bill made it quite clear that dropping the charges against Hillary was necessary to ensure that Claiborne was not outed.
This would also explain the quick turnaround in attitude by Michelle and Barack Obama on Hillary when everyone realised she was no longer a shoo-in to win the presidency. Even though they openly despised the Clintons, they were forced to back her.
To protect their own interests, Hillary had to be put into the White House for fear of one of their top spies being outed by Trump if he were to win the presidency.
Low and behold, Trump won and, miraculously, a woman that has been operating within our government for the enemy for almost two decades has been outed.[source]
But do we really believe Donald Trump is really any different, do we really believe he is not part of the plan?
The elite and their Shadow Governments, their Global Conspiracies against humanity are indeed a very real fact, it has been happening for several thousand years without too much resistance or public exposure. Now, are we really saying that this all powerful, all seeing force screwed up on an election and if we are saying that do we really believe a contingency plan was not already in place to get their ‘agenda’ back on track?
More likely Claiborne is nothing more than a scapegoat, a political patsy so-to-speak. Offer the masses a little offering of rot within their own institution to satisfy their need to believe that change is happening. Trump supporters will be chomping at the bit and singing hallelujah over this, “See, Trump is clearing out the rot, he is draining the swamp and cleaning the deck” – Yeah, sure he is.
The naivety of many Conspiracy Theorists and Truthers never ceases to amaze me, indeed we are dealing with evil beings, but stupid they certainly are not.
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