[World Tribune] A former State Department employee, who worked under both Bill and Hillary Clinton, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States on April 24. According to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) press release, Candace Marie Claiborne, 63, committed the crime by:
"...lying to law enforcement and background investigators, and hiding her extensive contacts with, and gifts from, agents of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), in exchange for providing them with internal documents from the U.S. State Department."
Claiborne, who had top secret security clearance, received "tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits." Some of the favors were given directly to her, while others were provided to a family member to supposedly pass along to the former federal employee. Benefits received included cash to her USAA account, international travel and vacations, a fully furnished apartment, Chinese New Year’s gifts, tuition at a Chinese fashion school, a monthly stipend, and many cash payments.
Assistant Attorney General Demers said that "Candace Marie Claiborne traded her integrity and non-public information of the United States government in exchange for cash and other gifts from foreign agents she knew worked for the Chinese intelligence service."
The plea documents state that Claiborne provided "copies of internal documents from the State Department on topics ranging from U.S. economic strategies to visits by dignitaries between the two countries" in exchange for the benefits received.
In her journal, according to the DOJ, Claiborne noted that she could "Generate 20K in 1 year" by working with the PRC. The agent she referred to at one point gave her the task of "providing internal U.S. Government analyses on a U.S.-Sino Strategic Economic Dialogue that had just occurred."
The DOJ also said Claiborne admitted to a co-conspirator that the PRC agents were "spies." Allegedly, after being contacted by FBI investigators and the State Department, she instructed co-conspirators to "delete evidence connecting her to the PRC agents."
Quite a stretch to call her a "Clinton Official". By that measure, every cleared American serving under any SecState is an "Official". She was a low level secretary.
With that - she is a scumbag and should be dismembered with a high lift jack and some tow straps. ChiComs would have capped her long time ago.
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04/30/2019 8:22 Comments ||
she is a scumbag and should be dismembered with a high lift jack and some tow straps
You, Sir. Mr. Billy? I like the cut of your jib and would like to subscribe to your newsletter :-)
Posted by: Frank G ||
04/30/2019 8:45 Comments ||
She was an office manager. In that capacity she worked at a variety of interesting embassies over the years, organizing everyone and knowing everything. Really, much cleverer to suborn her than any number of ambassadors.
"Really, much cleverer to suborn her than any number of ambassadors." No disagreement there.
In this case, she worked as the office manager in the Public Affairs Section - not a hotbed of intrigue to say the least. She would NOT routinely have access to the specific info the ChiComs tasked her with. She could get some info passively but she would not have been in the "room" during sensitive trade talks. Handlers could have been hoping she moved to a position of better access in the future though she faced retirement at 65.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy ||
04/30/2019 17:47 Comments ||
she worked as the office manager in the Public Affairs Section
So she was the conduit, for coded plain text press releases? Chalk on light poles is so old school.
[MAIL] An HIV-positive teacher from St Louis accused of having a seven-year-old student perform oral sex on him has denied plotting with his boyfriend to have the child and his mother killed ahead of his trial.
Deonte Taylor, 36, and his 66-year-old lover, Michael Johnson, both appeared in court on Wednesday and entered not guilty pleas to multiple charges of conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with a witness.
Authorities say the sex crime involving the boy, now aged 10, happened three years ago, but Taylor was not charged until November 2018 with three counts of sodomy.
[ABC] CYPRESS, Texas -- A motorcyclist is in critical condition after crashing on a parkway in Cypress, Texas.
Deputies said he crashed after he gave the finger to a woman he was passing.
A woman told authorities she was driving north when the motorcyclist passed her suburban on the right and gave her the finger. He then turned around and did it a second time, but lost control and crashed.
"After he gave her the finger a second time, he lost control, hit the curb and struck his head," said Harris County Sheriff's Sgt. Dashana Cheek-McNeal. "He was unconscious at the scene."
The motorcyclist was taken by Life Flight the hospital.
Deputies said the other driver did not strike him.
[WASHINGTONTIMES] Trinity College professor Johnny Eric Williams is capturing headlines once again for proposing "whiteness is terrorism" on Twitter.
The Hartford, Connecticut, sociology professor who called white people "inhuman a-holes" who need to "die" following a shooting attack on congressional Republicans now says "whiteness is terrorism."
School officials, as they did for years, are standing by the professor.
"Trinity College supports academic freedom and free expression and inquiry, which are hallmarks of academia and democratic society," Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney told the educational watchdog Campus Reform on Monday. "When speech proves controversial, our responsibility as educators is to promote more debate and discussion, not less. Twitter is a challenging place for a thoughtful discourse, which is clear from this example."
Mr. Williams, who is black, switched his account settings to private after the April 21 tweets.
[ExaminerLive] The girl was targeted in Huddersfield by two men who are currently on trial at Leeds Crown Court
A vulnerable little girl was groomed, raped and abused by multiple men throughout her childhood starting from the age of 11, a jury has heard.
The victim was targeted in Huddersfield 'by men who wanted to use her for their own sexual purposes', prosecutors told Leeds Crown Court on Monday.
It was said that the girl was 'alone in the world' and had no ability to make decisions about sex when she was groomed.
Opening the trial of Huddersfield men Mohammed Akram and Usman Khalid, Richard Wright QC, prosecuting, told the jury: "We say that both of the men in the dock had sexual contact with her when she was just 12 and they knew how old she was.
"They each, on separate occasions, took her out of the children's home where she was living without permission and with a sinister, ultimately sexually motivated, purpose."
Mr Wright said the girl was groomed in the Huddersfield area of West Yorkshire.
Akram and Khalid went on trial on Monday along with two women - Shahnaz Malik, 57, of St Anne's Avenue, Huddersfield, and Naveeda Habeeb, 40, of Prince Wood Lane, Huddersfield - who are both charged with child cruelty.
Akram, 33, of Springdale Street, Huddersfield, denies five counts of rape, sexual assault, abducting a child and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Khalid, 31, of Brook Street, Huddersfield, denies sexual assault and child abduction.
[Fox News] Emboldened supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaido brutally clashed with Venezuelan security forces as dramatic footage from Caracas showed a military armored vehicle plowing into the crowd.
In a video broadcast live on telecasts across the world, the armored vehicle can be seen driving over the center of a road, hitting a crowd of demonstrators purportedly throwing rocks at security forces. No injuries were immediately reported.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL., denounced the actions by Venezuelan security forces, saying that "military and security leaders must realize they are and will be held responsible for this," he said on Twitter.
More at link along with a disturbing video.
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04/30/2019 14:26 ||
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There is also some vids on twitter that have a 2 way rifle range going on. Seems most of the violence is sporadic however.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed the volatile situation in #Venezuela with the country's security council and the Russian Embassy in Caracas announced that Russian troops already stationed in the country would not interfere in current events. http://t.co/zMGBK3HbDL
Fox News has been updating this story, so check the link to see the latest.
[FoxNews] ’The moment is now’
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido took to the streets Tuesday morning and called for a military uprising, saying he has begun the "final phase" of his plan to oust embattled President Nicolas Maduro.
In a three-minute video posted on his Twitter account, the 35-year-old lawmaker said soldiers who took the streets would be acting to protect Venezuela's constitution.
"The moment is now," said Guaido, who shot the video at a Caracas airbase surrounded by soldiers and accompanied by detained activist and mentor, Leopoldo Lopez.
"The national armed forces have taken the correct decision, and they count on the support of the Venezuelan people," he said.
In his first public appearance since being detained in 2014 for leading anti-government protests, Lopez claimed on Twitter that he was freed by the military and called on all Venezuelans to peacefully take to the streets.
"This is the moment of all Venezuelans, those in uniform and those who aren't," he told reporters. "Everyone should come to the streets, in peace."
He added on Twitter: "We must all mobilize. It is time to conquer freedom." He must have gotten the message a couple generals flipped.
#US warns #China on aggressive acts by fishing boats & coast guard in #SouthChinaSea - US has warned China that it will respond to provocative acts by its coast guard and maritime militia under the same rules of engagement it uses for the Chinese navy https://t.co/sbENTtctD6
Short Version: China has pirated all the tech they need from Russia, and very few other countries are impressed with what is left. That leaves the Russian defense industry dependent upon Russian money…of which there is a limited volume http://t.co/ScVTaOdD5k
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.