Think the Cold War is over?
A Michigan man pleaded guilty Friday to accepting $70,000 from Chinese spies as he attempted to secure jobs with the CIA and U.S. Foreign Service that would have allowed him to expose U.S. government secrets.
Glenn D. Shriver, 28, of Grand Rapids, Mich., acknowledged Friday in U.S. District Court that he sought the jobs with the intent of selling classified information to Beijing. He pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiring to provide national defense information to Chinese intelligence officers.
Under a plea agreement, prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to recommend a four-year prison term that a judge is required to impose at sentencing set for Jan. 21.
Court documents said Shriver was approached by Chinese officers while living in Shanghai in 2004 after earlier study trips to China.
In China, Shriver answered an English-language ad seeking someone with an East Asian studies background to write a paper on U.S.-Chinese relations. Court documents said that led Chinese officers to recruit Shriver and encourage him to seek out U.S. government jobs that would gain him access to classified and secret documents.
In 2005 and 2006, Shriver took the Foreign Service exam. He failed both times, but his Chinese handlers gave him $10,000 for his first attempt and $20,000 for his second, documents show.
Then in 2007, Shriver applied for a job with the CIA. He then traveled to China and requested $40,000 from the Chinese agents for that and was paid in cash he smuggled through U.S. Customs on his return, authorities said.
The documents indicate Shriver spent two years going through the CIA hiring process and reached the final security screenings. But a U.S. intelligence official said Shriver was discovered very early in the hiring process. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the hiring process.
He’s just a poor, hapless, naive guy. He got all caught up in this little espionage plot because some shrewd Chinese agents brainwashed him into spying.
Shriver’s attorney, G. Allen Dale, said Shriver was a naive young man just out of college when he was recruited and now knows he made a terrible mistake.
“He didn’t go to China looking for trouble. It found him,” Dale said in a phone interview.
Matter of fact, he got brainwashed at least 20 times:
In all, Shriver met with Chinese agents 20 times between 2004 and 2007 and intended to use his jobs to transmit government secrets to Beijing, authorities said. Dale said that Shriver never landed a job that allowed him to divulge any sensitive information.
This sonofabitch should have been sentence to prison for a long, long time. He only got four years because he didn’t succeed. Wow. I guess we should be grateful.
China is not our friend. People tend to forget that it’s ruled by a Communist totalitarian regime. Beijing doesn’t tolerate too much freedom of speech and frequently cracks down on internet use it deems threatening.
China is an enemy and should be treated as such instead of the privilege of being a business associate.
Doing business with a communist country will not transform it into a capitalist/democratic/freedom-nurturing society. All we’ve done is prop up the totalitarian bastards with American dollars.
There will come a day when the little spats we have with the Chinese will explode into a full-fledged military confrontation. You can bet on it. I hope by then, we have a President with the balls to respond with force.