An FBI translator allegedly went rouge and married a terrorist who was part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
According to CBS News, Abu Talha al-Almani is a Syrian terrorist and recruiter for ISIS. In his native Germany, he's known as Denis Cuspert or the rapper "Deso Dogg," and he was well-known enough to tour with DMX in 2005.
A federal investigation into Cuspert’s activities were prompted after a beheading and threats against former President Obama.
FBI translator Daniela Greene from the Bureau's Detroit office was part of the team that was supposed to be tracking Cuspert. According to CBS, she had access to three Skype accounts, but provided only two to the FBI; the third was allegedly her private account.
In June 2014, according to court documents, Greene told her bosses she was leaving for a vacation in Europe. Instead, she visited Cuspert in Syria. The two got married that month.
Peter Trumbore, an associate professor at Oakland University and an expert on terror groups, told CBS that this is a remarkable case. He said it was interesting because Cuspert knew she worked for the FBI.
"I have not seen a similar case in counterterrorism context," Trumbore said.
Just 11 days after her wedding, Greene expressed doubts, according to the report.
"I was weak …" Greene said in an e-mail to an unidentified American. "I didn't know how to handle anything anymore. I really made a mess of things this time."
Cuspert was killed by U.S. airstrikes in Syria in 2015, according to The New York Times.
Greene, 38, fled back to the US a few weeks after their marriage, according to CNN, where she was immediately arrested. She pleaded guilty to making false statements involving international terrorism. She was sentenced to two years in federal prison and was released last summer.
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