As children in the United States grow up, they are educated on the history of the country. Children learn about important historical moments, included the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the inception of the Constitution and the day World War II ended.
History isn’t always pleasant though, as children also learn about the Civil War, slavery and anything related to that. They learn about flat-out evil people, but they also learn about traitors and those that commit treason. It is often said that Benedict Arnold was the first traitor against the United States, as he turned against the country and fought on the side of the British in the Revolutionary War.
According to Oran’s Dictionary of the Law (1983), treason is defined as a “citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].” In terms of the United States, Benedict Arnold committed treason when he turned against the country to fight for the British. There are certain variations of treason, including “high treason,” which is treason against the state.
The seriousness of the crime is enough to make anyone rethink going against the government. At least it should. There are still some exceptions. This includes employees working in the government themselves. The FBI has arrested an employee at the State Department because she allegedly shared secrets with the Chinese, which would make her guilty of high treason.
Candace Claiborne served in a section of the State Department that focused on Caucus Affairs. She has been accused of failing to report her contacts with Chinese foreign intelligence agents. They provided her with gifts, asking for diplomatic and economic information, according to federal prosecutors.
A complaint claims that Claiborne received enormous sums of money in fits and wire transfers by Chinese agents. This started in 2011 in exchange for information about the United States economic policy relating to China, amid other diplomatic matters.
Prosecutors also claim that Claiborne and another co-conspirator received numerous gifts along with the money. They received items including a sewing machine, tuition payments to a Chinese fashion school and an all-expense paid vacation to Thailand.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Claiborne also lied to FBI officials about her dealings with the foreign nation.
“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 Mary 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.”
The timing of this is important to note as well. These charges come just ahead of an upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. This meeting is critical, as it comes at a time where tensions between the two nations are incredibly high. Topics like North Korea, the South China Sea, Taiwan and trade are up for discussion.
United States officials have alleged China was hacking the United States government agencies, as well as American companies, in recent years. Now it comes out that people in the State Department were giving secrets for gifts.
Claiborne herself has worked at the State Department since 1999. She has served in several overseas posts, including embassies and consulates in China. Prosecutors have said that Claiborne was monitored under a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant, or FISA warrant for short.
These are serious charges. The obstruction of justice charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 20 years in prison, and five years for making false statements to the FBI. Still, Claiborne is lucky that they don’t consider this treason.
What was interesting to note is that the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, was asked about the case at a regular news briefing. All he said was he was unfamiliar with the situation, and didn’t elaborate further. How could someone with that title be unfamiliar with this type of situation?
Ultimately, these charges and accusations come at a time when “pay-to-play” politics have been talked about recently. All throughout the 2016 campaign, there were talks about Hillary Clinton and the various foreign governments that donated to the Clinton Foundation. This is the type of corruption that President Trump wants to get rid of.
WikiLeaks did the country a favor by revealing all the corruption that was involved with the Clinton campaign. Various foreign governments donated a tremendous amount of time and money to the Clinton Foundation just to speak with her. Of course, this occurred when she was Secretary of State, so the “pay-to-play” politics was in full swing. Perhaps the biggest show of this was when an FBI investigation showed just how Hillary sold these rights for money.
Of course, once Hillary lost the election, her ability to get favors accomplished for other governments was shot. That is why it wasn’t surprising to hear that one of her charities was shutting down. It’s hard to get people to donate when you don’t have anything to give them. Of course, if Hillary were just an honest politician, this wouldn’t have happened. Although, there is no reason that “honest” would ever be used to describe the former presidential hopeful.
Share this article to show that someone in the State Department has just had charges placed against them for sharing secrets with the Chinese. Claiborne was guilty of taking money and gifts in exchange for United States diplomatic secrets. Whatever happens to her, President Trump needs to make one thing clear; traitors to the country are NOT to be tolerated.