FBI translator goes rogue and marries ISIS member she was investigating
An FBI translator with top security clearance who had been tasked with investigating a member ISIS instead wound up falling in love and marrying him, according to a new investigation.
The CNN report released this week reveals FBI translator Daniela Greene fell in love with jihadist Denis Cuspert, and eventually left her own husband, a soldier, to marry him in 2014.
Cuspert, a German-born former rapper known as "Deso Dogg," had become an ISIS fighter, featured in several dark videos in which he held severed heads and spouted propaganda. Sometimes known as the "The Pop Star Of Jihad," in Syria he was known as Abu Talha al-Almani, rapping in praise of Osama bin Laden and cursing former President Barack Obama.
Greene was an FBI translator, born in Czechoslovakia and raised in Germany, who met and married and American soldier and attended universities in the United States.
As a German translator for the FBI, she had been assigned to investigate Cuspert, but within six months she had fallen in love and ran off to Syria to be with him. She told the FBI she was visiting family in Germany, but instead flew to Turkey and traveled to the border near Syria to meet Cuspert.
They met and soon married, but shortly after arriving to the war-torn area, Greene realized she'd made a terrible mistake.
"I was weak and didn't know how to handle anything anymore," she wrote to a friend in an email "I really made a mess of things this time."
She fled home to the United States, was immediately arrested and promptly began working authorities.
U.S. officials called her behavior "egregious," deserving of "severe punishment," but her cooperation earned her a two-year prison sentence.
Her story remained secret for years, until authorities unsealed documents this year.