WASHINGTON – Trump administration chief Mina Chang stepped down from her job two and a half hours after NBC News turned to her spokeswoman for newfound false claims she had made about her charity work back in the State Department.
NBC News previously reported that Chang, deputy secretary at the State Department's Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations, had embellished her CV with misleading claims about her educational achievements and the extent of her charitable work – and even a fake coverage of Time had published a magazine with her face on it.
"It is essential that my resignation be seen as a protest rather than a dedication because I will not give up my duty to serve, my loyalty to the truth, or my love for the land," Chang said in her letter of resignation to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "In fact, I intend to fight for these things in the coming days and years as a citizen."
Chang said she was "unfairly reviled, unprotected by my superiors, and exposed to media who have an insatiable desire for gossip and scandal, real or otherwise."
NBC News had reported that Chang was taking her post in April, who invented a role on a UN panel, claimed that she had addressed both democratic and republican national conventions, implying that she had testified before Congress.
She was considered for an even larger government job, one on a budget of over $ 1 billion, until Congress began asking questions about her resume.
The newly discovered false allegations include the misrepresentation of a trip to Afghanistan as a humanitarian mission, which lists an academic who claims to have never worked for her charitable organization as a clerk before attending a non-existent degree from the University of Hawaii , an award inflates and claims to be a UNESCO "ambassador".
Ch ang had portrayed a 2015 Afghanistan trip as a humanitarian mission to her non-profit organization, but a defense company took over the bill and, according to the company's records and a former employee, no help was provided.
After the trip to Afghanistan, Chang published photos of herself as she saw a group of Afghan women in a room. In a video on her charity website, she points to the photo and says that Afghan women are "hiding" in a secret place.
"This is in Afghanistan, I'm sitting with women in our program, they live I can only say that they are located just outside Kabul," Chang said in an interview on their nonprofit website.
But the women were not part of a program of their charity Linking the World. They were the wives of local defense company employees who had paid for their trip, Automotive Management Services, and they were not hiding, a former employee said.
"They were photo ops," said the former employee of Chang's trip to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Company documents received from NBC News Show Chang was asked to help the company manage an association of Afghan wives whose spouses worked for the company. The plan would give AMS the opportunity to "focus on our business prospects," according to a document outlining the project. AMS, which helped the Afghan security forces maintain a fleet of armored vehicles, paid Chang's airfare and accommodation, according to the documents and information provided by the former employees.
Chang posted photos of the trip to Afghanistan on her charity website, without indicating that defense. In an e-mail to NBC News, Chang said that her organization was helping the defense company "share common values in Afghanistan to accomplish". "Our work was not in 'humanitarian aid' but in helping a company with a critical local presence incorporate [creating shared value] into its business model."
Chang also claimed that the women "hid" themselves and said, "It is irresponsible for someone to reveal their identity, who pretend to hide from the Taliban. "The pictures of the women that Chang shared with an interviewer, however, show the faces of women.
Ian Dailey, Linking the Worlds Chief of Staff, did it. I do not answer a request for comment on the AMS sponsorship of Chang's Afghanistan trip.
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In promotional material for Linking the World, the group lists the key data under the headline "Who We Are." The scientist "Michel Leonard, adjunct professor at New York University and Columbia University.
But Leonard told NBC News that "I was never an employee of this organization. "Not initially recognized only the name of the charity and did not do any work for them."
Dailey, who joined the chief of staff of the world, said in an email to NBC News, "Linking the World is a volunteer-based organization location Employee. At the time, Mr. Leonard was employed by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and I personally worked with him on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two organizations to share data, skills and analysis. , However, Mr. Leonard left the USIP before the letter of intent was completed.
In her email to NBC News, Chang also said that Leonard was a volunteer like other advisers.
In numerous bios, including as a New America Think Tank Fellow in Washington, Chang stated that she was serving as an "intercultural ambassador" for the UN Cultural Office UNESCO.
Chang does not appear on a list of According to spokesman Roni Amelan, the organization has no category of "intercultural ambassador."
Chang told NBC that in 2015 she was appointed intercultural ambassador of a club promoting UNESCO's work at the Sorbonne in France Her bios did not mention that the title was bestowed by a university club rather than by UNESCO itself.
Chang has won a "CBS Humanitarian of" The Year Women That Soar. " In fact, it was a local award in Dallas and the event was broadcast by a local CBS affiliate.
"It's not a CBS award, it aired on a CBS station," said Lori Conrad, director of market communications for CBS Corporation.
A spokeswoman for the Women That Soar event did not respond to a request for comments, but the biography of Mina Chang was removed from the organization's website.
In a profile published in 2012 with a publication by Dallas, DFWChild, Chang is a graduate in International Development from the University of Hawaii.
A spokeswoman for the University of Hawaii says that they have no Mina Chang of their age in their records and that the university does not offer a "degree in international development".
The magazine published a note from the publisher on Monday stating that the article was based on false information from Chang.
"When other falsehoods and misleading statements came to light, we made the decision to anticipate this. Read the text as it was originally published in May 2012. We stand by our coverage, and we want this article to be Snapshot of the narrative for which Ms. Chang was recruiting at the time. "