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Pompeo: 'American Taliban' Release 'Unexplainable, Unconscionable'

John Walker Lindh is shown in a police mugshot
John Walker Lindh in 2002. ( (Alexandria Sheriff's Office via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 23 May 2019 12:56 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday ripped the release of John Walker Lindh, the first American to be detained in the war on terror, as “deeply troubling and wrong,” CNN reports.

Lindh, who became known as “American Taliban” after his capture in Afghanistan where he had been a member of the Taliban, was released on Thursday after serving 17 of his 20-year sentence. He will spend the next three years under the supervision of his probation officer in Virginia.

"There is something deeply troubling and wrong about this," Pompeo told “Fox & Friends” in an interview.

Lindh has admitted, according to records of his interrogations, that he participated in a Taliban uprising in a detention camp located in northern Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of prisoners and CIA officer Johnny Michael Spann, though prosecutors have not said that Lindh was involved in the officer’s death.

"I love the CIA. Johnny Micheal Spann was one of ours," said Pompeo, who led the CIA before becoming Secretary of State. "He's on the wall. He is a man of enormous integrity and courage, and we are now allowing someone who was involved in his death out of jail after what is a relatively short sentence."

He added that the case "calls for a review of our processes, all the things that went into this day, where he is being allowed out early."

Pompeo said that “as I understand it,” Lindh is still “threatening the United States of America. And still committed to the very jihad that he engaged in that killed a great American and a great CIA officer."

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday ripped the release of John Walker Lindh, the first American to be detained in the war on terror, as “deeply troubling and wrong,” CNN reports.
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