>> Shock waves in Washington Wednesday as US officials announced the arrest of a veteran State Department employee for lying about accepting money and gifts from China over a period of years. Officials alleging 60 year old Candice Claiborne, who had top secret security clearance, used her access to sensitive diplomatic data for personal profit, failing to disclose multiple contacts with Chinese intelligence officials who the US said gave her family tens of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts, including an Apple iPhone and a furnished apartment, as well as meals and vacations.
The complaint alleges Claiborne, who has worked at State since 1999 and had postings in Beijing and Shanghai wrote in a journal she could generate $20,000 a year by working with the Chinese agents. Claiborne was also charged with obstructing an official proceeding, pleading not guilty in Federal Court Wednesday.
If convicted she could face more than 20 years in prison.