Ex-State Department Worker Gets 40 Months In Prison For Secret Dealings With China

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A former State Department employee was sentenced to 40 months in prison for concealing her interactions with two Chinese intelligence agents, along with the extravagant gifts they gave her in exchange for government information. Candace Claiborne began to work as an office management specialist at the State Department in 1999, according to court documents. She had a top secret security clearance and served overseas in such cities as Baghdad, Beijing and Shanghai. But she ignored her responsibility to report foreign contacts, prosecutors said as they announced her sentence on Tuesday. “Claiborne was entrusted with privileged information as a U.S. government employee, and she abused that trust at the expense of our nation’s security,” Acting Assistant Director John Selleck of the FBI’s Washington Field Office said in a statement . “The targeting of U.S. security clearance holders by Chinese intelligence services is a constant threat we face,” he added. Over the course of five years,

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