An FBI translator assigned to investigate an ISIS terrorist fell in love with the jihadi and married him instead.
Daniela Greene, 38, left her husband—a former U.S. soldier—in the United States to go to war-torn Syria to be with Denis Cuspert, a savage ISIS spokesman and aspiring rapper, and then lied to the FBI about her whereabouts.
According to CNN, Greene became enamored with Cuspert in 2014, despite his violent tendencies illustrated in numerous ISIS execution videos, some of which depict him holding severed human heads.
In January 2014, approximately three years after Greene was employed by the FBI as a linguist, she was assigned to the Detroit bureau and asked to investigate Cuspert.
Greene quickly fell for Cuspert, made plans to join him in Syria, and married him there sometime in June 2014.
Regretting her decision, Greene returned to the United States in August 2014 and was immediately arrested.
CNN reported that Greene had exchanged emails with an unidentified person in the States in which she wrote on July 8, “I was weak and didn’t know how to handle anything anymore. I really made a mess of things this time.”
Greene cooperated with U.S. authorities, pleading guilty to making false statements involving international terrorism in December 2014. She served a two-year sentence and was released from prison in August 2016.
Critics argued that Greene served much less time than other Americans who have been prosecuted for crimes related to ISIS. According to a 2016 study by Fordham University, such criminals are typically sentenced to an average of 13½ years in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Gillice requested a lighter sentence for Greene due to her cooperation, although court papers described her behavior as walking “a line dangerously close to other more serious charges.”
Greene herself believed her punishment would be more severe.
“I will probably go to prison for a long time if I come back, but that is life,” she wrote in a July 22 email. “I wish I could turn back time some days.”
Court documents revealed that Greene became smitten with Cuspert’s online presence and rap persona, including his savage ISIS videos.
Cuspert is known in Syria as Abu Talha al-Almani and is notorious in Germany for his terror-themed rap songs. Performing under the name “Deso Dogg,” Cuspert once commended Osama bin Laden and rapped about killing then-President Obama.
CNN reported that Greene’s case had been sealed by the Justice Department until recently, and was unsealed now that her cooperation with authorities had reached a conclusion.
“She was just a well-meaning person that got up in something way over her head,” said Greene’s lawyer, former assistant federal public defender Shawn Moore.
H/T: New York Post
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