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Family of slain CIA officer upset with release of "American Taliban"

CIA officer Mike Spann of Winfield, Alabama, who was the first person killed in the war on terror after 9/11

The "American Taliban" is free from prison and the family of a slain CIA officer is not happy about it.

Posted: May 23, 2019 1:44 PM
Updated: May 23, 2019 3:24 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP/ABC) — The family of a CIA officer from Winfield, Alabama, killed in Afghanistan after interrogating John Walker Lindh in 2001 is not happy with the release of John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by invading U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001.

Lindh walked free on Thursday from prison in Indiana, having served 17 years of a 20-year sentence for illegally aiding the Taliban forces.

The so-called "American Taliban" was present when a group of Taliban prisoners launched an attack that killed CIA officer Mike Spann.

Spann's daughter, Alison Spann, is now an anchor/reporter for WLOX-TV in Biloxi-Gulfport. She says she last saw her father when she was 9 years old. She posted her letter to Trump on her Twitter page, calling her dad 'the first American killed in the war on terror."

She calls the early release of Lindh for good behavior "a slap in the face" to everyone killed on Sept. 11, 2001, all their loved ones, and "to the millions of Muslims worldwide who don't support radical extremists."

Spann's father, Johnny Spann, told ABC News he apologized to his son because Lindh would become a free man.

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