The United States security agencies were shocked when it emerged that one of their FBI agents married an Islamic State terrorist and shared information with him.
Daniella Greene, aged 38, worked as a translator with the elite security agency at Detroit and in 2014 was tasked with investigating German rapper-turned-terrorist Denis Cuspert.
Cuspert is an Islamic State leader in Syria and is known as Abu Talha al-Almani among ISIS circles.
Initially, Greene did her job. She investigated the terrorist online and passed on information to her authorities.
But while doing her job, Greene fell in love with the terrorist and decided to marry him.
So she lied to her bosses at FBI telling them that she was flying to Germany to see her family. Till this point Greene was married to an American.
Instead of travelling to Germany, Greene went to Syria to meet Cuspert. There she spent around 30 days with him. Cuspert has been seen in many Islamic State videos holding severed heads.
It was only then that she realized her mistake and returned to the United States. She told FBI about everything and was then arrested.
Greene spent two years in prison for her actions, which involved – to the horror of the FBI – warning Cuspert that he was being investigated. She also pleaded guilty to making a false statement involving international terrorism.
The entire matter was kept under wraps till the CNN discovered court documents related to the case which had been sealed till May 2015.
“Her escape from the area unscathed, and with apparently much of that knowledge undisclosed, appears a stroke of luck or a measure of the lack of savvy on the part of the terrorists with whom she interacted,” prosecutors wrote in a 2015 filing.
The problem, as CNN points out, is that Greene’s sentencing was “less than punishments given other defendants charged with terrorism-related crimes” where average sentence is of 13 1/2 years in prison for any ISIS-related prosecution. And Greene’s act threatened national security.