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China Spy in State Department Sentenced to 3 Years

A former State Department ­office manager was sentenced to 40 months in prison for hiding contacts with two Chinese intelligence agents who lavished her with tens of thousands of dollars and gifts over five years while asking her for diplomatic and economic information.

U.S. District Judge Randolph D. Moss of the District of Columbia said that from 2011 to 2016 Candace Claiborne, 62, ignored obligations under her top-secret security clearance to report contacts, which she acknowledged in pleading guilty in April to a reduced charge of conspiring to defraud the United States.

U.S. authorities said that by delivering internal cables, white papers and other sensitive non-defense information at the agents’ request, she helped Chinese officials in ongoing economic talks with the United States.

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