John Walker Lindh, the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban, has been released early from a US federal prison, the Washington Post reports, citing Lindh’s lawyer.
Lindh, who was 20 years old when he was captured, left prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, on probation after serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence, the newspaper said.
Now 38, Lindh is among dozens of prisoners set to be released over the next few years after being captured in Iraq and Afghanistan by US forces and convicted of terrorism-related crimes following the attacks by al Qaeda on September 11, 2001.
His release brought objections from elected officials who asked why Lindh was being freed early and what training parole officers had to spot radicalisation and recidivism among former jihadists.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Lindh’s release “unexplainable and unconscionable”.
“There’s something deeply troubling and wrong about it,” he said on Fox News on Thursday…