FISA BUST: Possible Chinese Spy in State Department Arrested by FBI, & She Worked on RUSSIAN AFFAIRS

FISA BUST: Possible Chinese Spy in State Department Arrested by FBI, & She Worked on RUSSIAN AFFAIRS

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very interesting story just came across the wire from Reuters

A U.S. State Department employee is expected to appear in federal court in Washington on Wednesday to face charges in a FBI counterintelligence investigation, two U.S. officials told Reuters.

The employee, Candace Claiborne, works in the State Department office that handles Caucasus Affairs, government records showed.

Huh. I see. What does the Caucasus Affairs branch of the State Department handle? Well. it’s under the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, which covers Europe, Turkey, Cyprus, the Caucasus Region…and Russia. The Caucasus Affairs part itself is responsible for Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, and supports the U.S. Co-Chair of the Minsk Group.

What were the details of Ms. Claiborne’s arrest, you ask? According to an FBI press release, it was as follows

Claiborne is being charged 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,” a Justice Department release said…

Claiborne, who has a top-secret security clearance, failed to disclose her foreign contacts abroad despite being required to do so. 

Claiborne is accused of repeatedly contacting two Chinese intelligence agents, who “provided tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits to Claiborne and her family over five years.”

The press release said the agents provided Claiborne with gifts, including “cash wired to Claiborne’s USAA account, an Apple iPhone and laptop computer, Chinese New Year’s gifts, meals, international travel and vacations, tuition at a Chinese fashion school, a fully furnished apartment, and a monthly stipend.”

So, we have what looks to be a Chinese spy who works on Russian affairs inside the State Department. You think the Chinese would have a vested interest in pushing the Russian Narrative out there so that everyone would ignore the threat from their corrupt and, frankly, more powerful regime?

Claiborne was paid almost $2,500 by a Chinese agent in 2011 in exchange for information about U.S. economic policy in relation to China, according to court documents.

(In case anyone forgot, Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State in 2011.)

You bet they would.

Claiborne has worked at the State Department since at least 1999…

She also received a scholarship from the State Department in the previous year as a result of her membership in the State Department Federal Credit Union…

Internet searches seem to show that she’s a woman in her 60’s, so there’s no telling how long she’s worked at the State Department. In case you didn’t know, State employees are often deployed around the world as spies. It’s possible that the Communist Chinese regime flipped her to their side and she was eventually noticed by the FBI. Something had to have happened, since she was busted with intelligence gathered from a FISA warrant.

Needless to say, this whole thing is intriguing and I’ll keep my eye on it as developments roll in.

Ethan Ralph

Founder, Owner, & Editor-in-Chief of Political fiend, gamer, & anti-bullshit.

  • ExiledV2

    She’s been working for the State Department since late 1999 and she’s had several different positions. Caucasus Affairs desk is just where she ended up lately. She started taking money for secrets in 2011, it was mostly about the U.S.-Sino Strategic Economic Dialogue, and her contact likely dates from the stints she did in Shanghai and Beijing.

    More than likely, once the investigation started she was sidelined to Caucasus Affairs to take her out of reach of Chinese-related information that she was passing on to the Chinese agents. Nothing in the affidavit shows that she was dealing with Russian information or agents.

    Official notice:

    • Maintenance Renegade

      So basically she had every reason to be tipped off that she was under investigation AND she was given over half a decade during which she could have bolted to a country we don’t have an extradition treaty with and yet she stayed put. This is why I always try to temper even my most substantiated conspiracy theories with a healthy dose of skepticism, even in the world of international intrigue nearly everyone is a bumbling incompetent moron.

      This is why globalism is doomed too, it’s architects fucked up and failed to account for the fairly obvious factors that are already bringing it down.

      • ExiledV2

        If you read up on most spy cases, a lot of it is about hubris and thinking you’ll never be caught. Read up on Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen, who were big-time; fascinating stuff. I’m betting she never even suspected till she was interviewed.

        • Maintenance Renegade

          Reminds me of that movie Wolf of Wallstreet. Always it’s like watching some smug chump luck out on five consecutive hammer drops in a game of Russian roulette who then pauses, smiles as if he’s privy to some sort of secret that eludes the rest of us and puts the barrel back against his head for one more go.

          • ExiledV2

            Tell you what, two movies you should check out. One is Breach (2007), which is about Hanssen. Very good stuff. The other is fictional, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011). While I prefer the miniseries to watch, the movie is beautiful and deals very well with the issue of moles.

          • Maintenance Renegade

            I’ve seen the second but it’s the sort of movie you need to watch twice to get the most out of.

          • ExiledV2

            Read the book, if you get ahold of it. Some find it tedious, but Le Carre worked in the real deal back in the day and wrote about intelligence work realistically.

  • Maintenance Renegade

    The State Department has always been trash as long as any of us have been alive, I hope the bitch has lots of dirt on her colleagus and the FBI can turn the screws on her and bust them too.

  • The biggest surprise is why the spy wasn’t caught after over a decade operating. How would Beijing respond to this, I wonder…

    • Typical

      Most spies have been operating for years when they get caught, part of it is just a law of averages thing, some of it is blind luck, and some of it may have to do with the methods a person gets compromised, they start off with smaller, less consequential information, and then like a drug dealer, ask for more and more. Then again, the investigations take years to a lot of times.

  • Danlantic

    Remember that the best pollsters were predicting a Hillary win.

    This was almost perfect for them. Do a false front blaming the Russians while weakening President Hillary. On the weird outside chance that there was a President Donald he would look quasi-treasonous.

    The only defect would be if the FBI worked in a manner that would restore their reputation which had become so tarnished in recent years,