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FBI video warns study abroad students of spy schemes

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WASHINGTON (NBC) - The FBI released a 28-minute video with a serious message for college students studying abroad. With 280,000 students going overseas each year, the FBI expressed concerns that other countries would recruit students to do spy work.

The video reenacted the story of Glenn Duffie Shriver, a former college student from Michigan. In 2011, Shriver was sentenced to four years in federal prison for attempting to give classified information to Chinese intelligence officers who wooed him at first with seemingly benign jobs while studying abroad in Shanghai.

He was reportedly paid $70,000 and encouraged to apply for work in the CIA.

“Don’t fool yourself. The recruitment is active. And the target is young people, throw lots of money at them, see what happens,” said Shriver in a jailhouse interview that appears at the end of the video.

Michael Leiter, a former US intelligence officer, said Chinese officers aggressively target dozens of American students each year.

Russia and Israel reportedly recruit students as well.

The FBI has not said how much it cost to produce the video, but the thought may be that it’s cheaper than the consequences of getting information in the wrong hands.
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