Sent by the FBI to Syria to investigate German citizen Denis Cuspert, a former rapper turned ISIS member, German translator Daniela Greene, 38, soon found that she was in over her head after marrying the man she was supposed to be investigating.
Going under the name Abu Talha al-Almani, Cuspert went from rapping to cutting off the heads of infidels as an online recruiter for ISIS. In fact, one propaganda video even shows him holding a decapitated human head.
Just months after arriving in Syria, Greene decided to marry Cuspert and let him know that he was under investigation by the FBI.
She later regretted the move, according to court documents, which featured an email where Greene was quoted as saying she “had really made a mess of things this time,” before she ran back home to the United States.
Greene was subsequently arrested by authorities and charged with making false statements that involved international terrorism and cooperating with the enemy.
Her guilty plea resulted in a two-year prison sentence after assistant U.S. attorney Thomas Gillice showed that she had “violated the public trust, the trust of the officials who granted her security clearance, and the trust of those with whom she worked and, in doing so, endangered our nation’s security.”
Her ability to return home unscathed was seen as “a stroke of luck or a measure of the lack of savvy on the part of the terrorists with whom she interacted.”
According to Greene’s defense, she had “attempted to right her wrongs, and to ultimately assist her country again.”
Most ISIS-related cases result in an average sentence of 13.5 years, so she got off quite easy and is currently employed by a hotel, working in reception.
According to Greene’s lawyer, Shawn Moore, she was “just a well-meaning person that got up in something way over her head.”
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Report: FBI translator went rogue with ISIS jihadi