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April 14, 2014 - 12:33 pm

The Federal Bureau of Investigation today warned American students abroad to be mindful of other countries trying to recruit them for intelligence purposes.

More than 280,000 American students studied abroad last year, the FBI said, gaining language and cultural skill that “makes these students tempting and vulnerable targets for recruitment by foreign intelligence officers whose long-term goal is to gain access to sensitive or classified U.S. information.”

The bureau stressed the case of Glenn Duffie Shriver, sentenced to four years in federal prison three years ago for taking $70,000 from the Chinese government to apply for U.S. government jobs.

The FBI said students leaving for study abroad should view a video on the case before leaving the country.

“Foreign intelligence officers don’t normally say they work for intelligence services when developing relationships with students—they claim other lines of work,” the agency warned. “Intelligence officers develop initial relationships with students under seemingly innocuous pretexts such as job or internship opportunities, paid paper-writing engagements, language exchanges, and cultural immersion programs.”

“As relationships are developed, the student might be asked to perform a task and provide information—not necessarily sensitive or classified—in exchange for payment or other rewards, but these demands grow over time. Intelligence officers might suggest that students—upon completion of their schooling—apply for U.S. government jobs (particularly for national security-related agencies).”

The FBI specifically warns students to “minimize your contact with people who have questionable government affiliations.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Hey, maybe they should have a chat with the DNC?

27 weeks ago
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Too bad the FBI didn't circulate those warnings 50 years ago. Maybe a certain high-ranking government official who lives in a fine white house in the national capitol might have been deterred from taking the path he took....

Oh, wait, that's wrong. The guy I'm thinking of was recruited by American citizens that just happened to share the ideology of our enemies. That's completely different. Sort of....
27 weeks ago
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I am glad to see there a people who will complain about those who would protect America. This is why ideology is nothing and adulthood and responsibility are everything.
27 weeks ago
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Why do that when you can get a job with NSA and spy on We The People?

27 weeks ago
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Booger 2.0: You beat me to it. If they are overseas, however, maybe we should include the US Department of State, and its various subsidiaries.

Ben Hartley
(I write it, I sign it.)
27 weeks ago
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So, the FBI warns... “minimize your contact with people who have questionable government affiliations.”
Would this include the IRS, BATFE, NSA, BLM, etc.?
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