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Former American college student Glenn Duffie Shriver studied abroad in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (FBI YouTube video)
Former American college student Glenn Duffie Shriver studied abroad in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (FBI YouTube video)
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Updated: 5/08/2014 6:20 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV — It is being called a revolution in the spy business: foreign countries recruiting American students to gather classified information.

In an exclusive interview in the FBI Las Vegas Field Office, Special Agent Fred Bradford tells News 3 that this trend is troubling. The center of a massive, never-before-seen video campaign — mainly on college campuses including UNLV — is now available online.

The story of Glenn Shriver is portrayed through a nearly half-hour film by the FBI. Its goal is to show the true story of a young student hired by the Chinese government to write papers. Initially it seemed like an innocent but well-compensated job.

The public service announcement shows the student ended up doing much more, such as applying to the CIA.

A polygraph test revealed what he was up to, Bradford says.

This type of counterintelligence — once classified — is now being shared across the country with the video and other promotional materials because, as Bradford says, spy recruitment is happening in huge numbers.

“American college students are telling us more and more of this in the country,” Bradford said. “They're coming back from an overseas experience saying unusual things happened, offers that didn't make sense, for money, big favors, positions they really weren't suited for. And we think a lot of those were pitches or recruitments.”

Bradford is asking parents and students to pay attention so that this story, seemingly made for Hollywood, doesn't become a reality. At the end, Shriver pleaded guilty to conspiring espionage and serving a four-year sentence in federal prison. He spoke out from his cell for the FBI.

“It’s a moniker that I’ll fight for the rest of my life, but that’s something I’ve done. It’s part of my life,” Shriver said. “I’ll never be able to change that.”

This video contains excerpts from a prison cell interview where Shriver tells his own story, and warns U.S. students about the foreign intelligence threat.

The FBI also developed this film to warn about the dangers facing U.S. students.



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