She was an FBI contractor assigned to investigate the world’s most dangerous terrorists. He was a German ex-rapper who once opened for popular rap artist DMX and is now the star of ISIS propaganda videos.
Their love affair has now been revealed for the first time by a CNN investigation.
When Daniela Greene, 38, fell in love with Denis Cuspert, aka Deso Dogg now styling himself Abu Talha al-Almani, the man she was supposed to be monitoring in 2014, she ran away to Syria to marry him.
Greene, originally from the Czech Republic, moved to the United States at a young age after spending some time in Germany. She was previously marriage to a U.S. soldier. She has a Masters degree in history from Clemson University.
She was hired by the FBI in 2011 and given top-level security clearance.
She was still married to her American husband when she fell in love with Cuspert. She filed a request for personal leave, saying she was going to visit family in Germany.
Instead she took a one-way flight to Istanbul and from there was smuggled into Syria.
Experts believe her entry into Syria must have been coordinated in advance with ISIS officials. She also allegedly warned al-Almani, born Denis Cuspert, that he was being investigated by the FBI.
“Denis Cuspert is a foreign terrorist fighter and operative for ISIL, a designated foreign terrorist organization” U.S. State Department said of Cuspert in 2015. “Cuspert joined ISIL in 2012 and has appeared in numerous videos on its behalf, the most recent dating from early November, in which he appears holding a severed head he claims belongs to a man executed for opposing ISIL.”
However, just a few short weeks into her new life as a jihadi bride, she realized she had made a terrible mistake.
“I am gone and I can’t come back,” she wrote to an unidentified contact from within Syria. “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.”
Police issued a warrant for her arrest on Aug. 1, 2014, five weeks after she left for Syria.
She managed to escape and made it back to America on August 8, where she was promptly arrested. All told, she spent about one month in Syria.
Greene cooperated with federal prosecutors and was sentenced to just two years in prison. She has since been released. Questions have been raised as to why her sentence was only two years, since others convicted of Islamic State related offences have received average sentences of 13 ½ years each.
Federal prosecutors argued for the court hearings to be secret for national security reasons, but now some details have come to light since the trial is over and Greene has already finished serving her sentence.