The intensified hunt for ‘deep state’ has led to the fall of the first domino. A former State Department employee that has an access to classified information has been arrested, DOJ announced. Candace Claiborne, who had top secret security clearance, was arrested after failing to report her involvement and close ties with the government of China.
Candace has been accused of lying to the FBI, receiving benefits and gifts from foreign entities in exchange for America’s Top secrets. Her contact and coordination with China has been ongoing for some time now, but concealed to report the improper connections. According to U.S Attorney Philips, foreign entities lavished him with tens of thousands of dollars as well as other benefits.
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.
In addition to using insider information to give our top secrets to the Chinese, Candace has also been charged for perjury for lying to the FBI which could mean a hefty prison time.