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FBI translator, Clemson grad secretly wed Islamic State leader

Daniela Greene fell for the ISIS jihadist she was investigating.
Daniela Greene fell for the ISIS jihadist she was investigating. CNN

A Clemson graduate, working for the FBI, secretly ended up married to a member of the Islamic State terror group.

An investigation by the Detroit Free Press uncovered the story of Daniela Greene, who graduated from Clemson University with a history degree in 2008. Greene was sentenced to a two-year federal prison sentence in 2014 after she traveled to Syria and married the man the FBI had assigned her to investigate.

Greene wed Denis Cuspert, a German citizen and rapper who allegedly recruited online supporters for Islamic State, also known as ISIS, unsealed court documents show.

After a short marriage to Cuspert in the Middle East, Greene returned to the U.S. and pleaded guilty to making a false statement involving international terrorism. She since has been released from prison.

Clemson University and the FBI’s S.C. office didn’t have much to say about Greene’s case when contacted by reporters. “This has been a while,” Columbia FBI spokesman Don Wood told the Michigan paper. “I’m not sure what the deal is and why people are just now catching on to this one.”

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