Mina Chang, a US state department official, has resigned after a news report by NBC claimed she lied on her resume. Chang worked as the deputy assistant’s secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations. She was up for a promotion as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s work in Asia before the report came out. Chang has denied the allegations in her resignation letter.
“It is essential that my resignation be seen as a protest and not as surrender because I will not surrender my commitment to serve, my fidelity to the truth, or my love of country,” Chang wrote on her resignation letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reports NBC News. “Indeed, I intend to fight for those things as a citizen in the days and years to come.”
Chang started at her position in April of this year. According to NBC, she lied about several of her accomplishments including creating a fake Time cover with her face on it.
Additionally, she made up a role at the United Nations panel, claimed a non-existant degree from the University of Hawaii, said that she addressed both the Democratic and the Republican national conventions, and exaggerated the extent of her charity work.
“A character assassination based solely on innuendo was launched against me attacking my credentials and character,” she wrote on her resignation letter. “This was not an accident. Despite answering every question put to me by a reporter and offering a detailed rebuttal, my superiors at the Department refused to defend me, stand up for the truth or allow me to answer the false charges against me.”
Mina Chang added, “Today, the politics of division and personal destruction are at their very worst, and I have found myself in the crosscurrents of that very division.”
Mina Chang quit her job less than three hours after the report came out. However, the state department has not issued a statement regarding her resignation.
Mina Chang is allegedly a Korean-American from Atlanta. Here are a couple of clips of her singing when she was an aspiring singer before she turned into an activist.