Want to take the U.S. Foreign Service Exam but have not money? Well, did you know you could apply for a Chinese Government loan to prepare for it? Indeed. No interest payments or need to payback the loan, at least not with cash. All you need to do is sell classified information to Beijing and the “loan” will be forgiven.
As outlandish as this sounds, a U.S. citizen did just that. His lawyer says trouble “found him” in China. It was a terrible mistake. Read on. I think you will disagree with defense counsel.
By the time your in college, one would hope, you would have developed basic cognitive skills to sense when something is right and wrong.
While in college, Glenn Duffie Shriver studied some time in China and answered an ad to do a study on U.S.-China relations. After he answered the ad, at some point he made contact with three Chinese intelligence officers and was asked to return to the U.S. and seek a job at the State Department or the CIA.
He tried to get a job at the State Department so Shriver twice took, and flunk both times, the Foreign Service Exam. In consideration for his efforts, the Chinese paid him $30,000. Shriver then applied for a job with the CIA, traveled to China and asked for $40,000. So let it be written, so let it be done. He met at least 20 times with his Chinese handlers.
The youthful indiscretion defense did not work. Fortunately it seems that the folks at Langley caught on to this harebrained scheme. According to news accounts Shriver’s agenda was known “very early” in the hiring process. Most excellent.
Yesterday Shriver pled guilty to accepting $70,000 from Chinese spies, among other things including trying to secure a job that would have allowed him to steal intelligence secrets for the Chinese government. He is facing at least two years in prison.
What is frustrating about this case, and there are likely many more just like it, is that an American citizen would contemplate doing such a thing. By the time your in college, one would hope, you would have developed basic cognitive skills to sense when something is right and wrong. This fellow did and he was caught. He should spend a long time in prison for it.
Read the Department of Justice press release on the case, here.
On a lighter note, be sure to see this new television ad by Citizens Against Government Waste, the Chinese Professor.