FBI Translator Marries ISIS Terrorist in Syria

Daniela Greene joined the FBI in 2011 as a translator. In 2014, she started investigating ‘Individual A,’ who was born Denis Cuspert but who became Abu Talha al-Almani. Cuspert was a rapper who lived in Germany before being involved in an accident, which led him to pursue Islam. He pledged his allegiance to ISIS and threatened then-President Obama.

At some point, the FBI translator developed enough of a relationship with this ISIS terrorist that she ended up marrying the guy.

She even lied to the FBI about where she was going in July of 2014, telling them that she was going to Munich, Germany to visit her family. Instead of going to Germany, she actually flew to Turkey. When she made contact with Cuspert, aka al-Almani, she traveled to Syria with the assistance of a third party.

Once she was there, she married Cuspert. But it didn’t last. Just a couple months after marrying, she fled Syria, returned to the U.S. and was arrested. She fully cooperated with authorities, pleaded guilty to the charges against her and served a 2-year prison sentence. She was released last year in August. CNN reported:

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Greene’s saga, which has never been publicized, exposes an embarrassing breach of national security at the FBI—an agency that has made its mission rooting out ISIS sympathizers across the country. 

It also raises questions about whether Greene received favorable treatment from Justice Department prosecutors who charged her with a relatively minor offense, then asked a judge to give her a reduced sentence in exchange for her cooperation, the details of which remain shrouded in court-ordered secrecy.


Greene’s two-year sentence was less than punishments given other defendants charged with terrorism-related crimes.

Even failed attempts to travel to Syria and join ISIS have earned defendants much stiffer prison sentences. Americans convicted in dozens of recent ISIS prosecutions received an average sentence of 13 1/2 years in prison, according to an analysis in April by the Center on National Security at Fordham University. 

A Justice Department official, however, said Greene’s sentence was “in line” with similar cases, but declined to cite examples.

Read more about the case here.

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