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FBI Interpreter Jailed After Marrying ISIS Suspect

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FBI Interpreter Jailed After Marrying ISIS Suspect

CNN has revealed the incredible story of a FBI interpreter who flew to Syria to marry a rapper-turned-terror suspect.

Daniela Greene, 38, was raised in Germany before moving to the US after marrying an American soldier.

In 2011, she became a contract linguist for the FBI and was assigned the case of German-born rapper Dennis Cuspert.

In Syria, Cuspert was known as Abu Talha al-Almani and according to the Daily Mail he was considered one of the most violent operatives in the country.

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He was apparently a vocal supporter of Osama bin Laden, threatened Barack Obama with a throat slitting gesture and held a severed head in an ISIS recruitment video.

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Deso Dogg. Credit: PA

Cuspert was reportedly radicalised following a near death experience in 2010 and made his way to the Middle East three years later.

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Before that, his rapping career highlight was the opening for hip-hop star DMX in 2006.

Greene's job was to track his communications and found several of his online accounts and personal numbers.

In 2014, she told the FBI she was visiting family in Germany but instead flew to Turkey near the border with Syria.

She wed Cuspert, despite already being married to an American soldier, but only one month later emailed a friend saying: "I was weak and didn't know how to handle anything anymore. I really made a mess of things this time."

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The next day she reportedly sent this message: "I am gone and I can't come back. I wouldn't even know how to make it through, if I tried to come back. I am in a very harsh environment and I don't know how long I will last here, but it doesn't matter, it's all a little too late."

However, only a few weeks later she made it back to the US where she was arrested. Greene pleaded guilty to making false statements about terrorism and agreed to help the FBI.

Daniela Greene. Credit: CNN

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Despite court papers filed in a Washington court calling Greene's actions 'egregious' and 'deserving of severe punishment', she was only sentenced to two years behind bars.

The FBI has released a statement to CNN stating it has: "[taken] several steps in a variety of areas to identify and reduce security vulnerabilities. The FBI continues to strengthen protective measures in carrying out its vital work."

Former State Department official John Kirby also told CNN: "It's a stunning embarrassment for the FBI, no doubt about it. Most outsiders trying to get into an ISIS region in Syria risk getting their heads cut off. So for her to be able to get in as an American, as a woman, as an FBI employee, and to be able to take up residence with a known ISIS leader, that all had to be coordinated."

Greene was released from prison last year and is believed to now be working as a hostess at a hotel.

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In 2015, a US airstrike was launched in Raqqah, northern Syria, which allegedly killed Cuspert. But nine months later, the Pentagon revealed the terrorist survived the attack and is believed to be still at large.

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Topics: terror, ISIS, FBI

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