DEEP STATE UPDATE: Justice Department Announces MAJOR Arrest Of Government Employee… In the hunt for ‘deep state’ corruption, the first domino has fallen. The US Department of Justice announced the arrest of a former State Department employee that had access to classified information.
The employee, Candace Marie Claiborne, has been accused of lying to the FBI, receiving bribes, and transmitting sensitive information to foreign entities. She pleaded “not guilty” to the charges while in court today, Brett MacDonald, AFF reports.
Her contact and coordination with foreign intelligence agencies has been on-going for some time now. Claiborne, who just turned 60, concealed contact with these agencies which in return exchanged ‘lavish gifts’ to her for her services to the enemies of the United States.
This arrest is similar to an arrest that took place the other day when a Turkish national was charged with laundering money for Iranians.
In both cases, the United States made the arrest just prior to meeting with representatives from the nation they had been working with or for.
It isn’t clear whether these moves are made to intimidate and send a clear message to the foreign interlopers that engage in criminal behavior but the result is the same. Both the Chinese and Turkish governments will think twice before meddling in our affairs.
The President is slated to meet with Chinese officials in the coming week so that meeting just got a bit more interesting!
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Here’s what the Justice Department had to say:
“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.”
If She Was Willing To Sell Intel To The Chinese, Would She Leak It To The NYT?
This is a major success for the Justice Department and hopefully signals their willingness to crack down on the parasitic corruption within the ranks of the Executive branch. President Trump has his work cut out for him, but it’s moves like this that will help him solidify his control and drain the swamp!