A Federal Bureau of Investigation employee, who was assigned to investigate a German member of the Daesh terror group, fled to Syria to marry him, according to a report.
Daniela Greene, who worked as a translator for the FBI, managed to hide her real whereabouts from the bureau and warned her rapper-turned-terrorist husband Denis Cuspert about the investigation, CNN reported on Tuesday.
Cuspert, also known as Deso Dogg, has been featured in many propaganda videos. Praising former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a song, threatening former President Barack Obama with a throat-cutting gesture, and holding a freshly severed human head are some of the things he has done before Daeshâ€™s camera.
The FBI put Cuspert on the radar after it found out about his growing influence as an online recruiter, going by the name of Abu Talha al-Almani.
According to the report, Greene â€œseemed to realise she had made a terrible mistakeâ€ weeks after marrying Cuspert. She returned to the US soon after.
Greene, 38, was arrested upon arrival and charged with making false statements involving international terrorism. She pleaded guilty and received only two years in prison before being released last summer.
Prosecutors had described Greeneâ€™s actions as â€œegregious,â€ deserving of â€œsevere punishment.â€
The FBI admitted to CNN in a statement that it had to take â€œseveral steps in a variety of areas to identify and reduce security vulnerabilitiesâ€ as a result of the case.
Former State Department spokesman John Kirby said Greeneâ€™s conduct amounted to â€œa stunning embarrassmentâ€ for the bureau.
Assistant US Attorney Thomas Gillice said Greene had â€œviolated the public trustâ€ and â€œendangered our nation’s security.â€ However, he said the rogue agent had been handed a lighter sentence because of her cooperation.
Greene travelled to Turkey in June 2014 and entered Syria through Gaziantep, a city located near the Syrian border.
The Pentagon announced in October 2015 that Cuspert was killed in an airstrike near Raqqah.
However, another statement in August 2016 said the initial assessment was incorrect and that Cuspert had â€œsurvived the airstrike.â€