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Mon Nov 18, 2019, 06:02 PM

State Department staffer resigns after allegations she inflated her resume

Mina Chang was accused of creating a fake Time magazine cover with her face on it, which she denies.

Mina Chang, a high-ranking State Department staffer who vaulted into the public spotlight after NBC reported she had inflated her resume, has resigned from her position.

Chang, the deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations, was accused of overstating her academic credentials and creating a fake Time magazine cover with her face on it. Chang has rebutted NBC’s story, arguing that her academic statements were not misleading and that she did not commission the doctored Time cover.

“Resigning is the only acceptable moral and ethical option for me at this time,” Chang wrote in her resignation letter, obtained by POLITICO. Her resignation is effective immediately.

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“In already difficult times, the Department of State is experiencing what I and many believe is the worst and most profound moral crisis confronting career professionals and political appointees in the Department’s history,” Chang wrote. “Department morale is at its lowest, the professionalism and collegiality — once a hallmark of the U.S. diplomatic service — has all but disappeared.”

Chang also takes the State Department to task for not defending her.

“A character assassination based solely on innuendo was launched against me attacking my credentials and character,” she said. “My superiors at the Department refused to defend me, stand up for the truth or allow me to answer the false charges against me.”



A spokesperson for the State Department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson for Chang said she didn’t have any further comment beyond the letter and a rebuttal document she wrote about NBC’s story. NBC didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about Chang's push back.

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/18/state-department-chang-resigns-resume-071385

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 06:06 PM

1. LOL. "moral and ethical" Nobody who is "moral and ethical" would have been chosen in the first place

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 06:13 PM

2. Ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Creepy woman.

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 06:27 PM

3. Wait. She expects us to believe she thought she was on the cover of Time?

Good grief. She's no Al Franken.

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 06:40 PM

5. The go-bid-or-go-home audacity with which she lies

 

suggests she's a real grifter, cut from the same cloth as 45.

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 06:32 PM

4. "which she denies", LOL

 

She denies that the Time magazine cover is fake?? She does realize that it's easy to check whether it's real, right?
Or is she just saying she "didn't commission it"? Meaning that if someone else made it for her - say, a boyfriend - then it would be totally on the up and up to present that in an interview as part of her credentials??

Either way, this is one of the most audacious cases of resume padding in history. It's bewildering that an institution as careful about its hires as the State Department could let someone like this through.

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Response to tenderfoot (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 06:42 PM

6. Isn't this about the 3rd or 4th with fake resume?

Jeez, a bunch of criminals.

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