The Sideshow

FBI produces short film to warn students about spying on U.S.

'Game of Pawns' dramatizes story of Glenn Duffie Shriver, who is serving four years in prison

The Sideshow

Move over, Warner Bros. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is getting into the movie business.

OK, not exactly. But the feds did produce a short film , titled "Game of Pawns," detailing the story of Glenn Duffie Shriver, a recent American college graduate who was sentenced to four years in federal prison after he pled guilty to conspiring to give classified information to authorities in the People's Republic of China.

After college, Shriver traveled to Shanghai in the mid-2000s. In need of money, he responded to a classified ad to write essays on American-Chinese relations.

Things escalated. He was given more assignments (and money) and was eventually asked by Chinese officials to infiltrate the U.S. on their behalf by pursuing a career in the Central Intelligence Agency.

Warning bells must have been going off, but Shriver continued down the road, scoring an interview at CIA headquarters. However, his nerves quickly got the better of him. After choking during a routine polygraph exam, Shriver excused himself from the rest of the interview, but was arrested a short time later.

The FBI shouldn't expect any Oscar nominations, but the film, based on facts, isn't as bad as you might think. The feds produced the film as a kind of cautionary tale for students studying abroad. The FBI also listed a series of things that students should look out for if approached by people who claim to represent foreign governments, lest you end up being the unwilling star of "Game of Pawns 2."

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