By Shawn Rice
Department of State employee Candace Claiborne, who worked for Barack Obama, being arrested and charged with treason is misleading news. Claiborne has been indicted on charges that she improperly exchanged information for gifts and compensation from Chinese agents. However, she has not been charged with treason, nor did she work directly for former President Obama or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Where did the misleading news originate?
In mid-April 2017, multiple online sources reported the above misleading information about the circumstances surrounding Claiborne and the involvement of Obama and Clinton.
There is truth behind the fact that there is an indictment. Claiborne was arrested on specific charges related to improperly receiving gifts in exchange for her providing information to Chinese agents. The indictment referred to Claiborne’s actions as “obstructing an official proceeding” and “making false statements to the F.B.I.” but not “treason.” Here is the Justice Department’s press release about the case to confirm what it is all about.
“A federal complaint was unsealed 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 Go to the full article.