US to Charge Adam Gadahn with Treason

It would be the first treason charge since World War II. From Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A California-born convert to Islam could become the first American accused of treason since World War Two after he appeared in al Qaeda videos, sources familiar with the man’s case said on Wednesday.

They said U.S. prosecutors were strongly considering bringing the charges, which carry a maximum punishment of death, against Adam Gadahn, 28, who is believed to be overseas and is not in U.S. custody.

The charges could come as early as Wednesday.

The U.S. Justice Department last brought treason charges, during the World War Two era, the sources said.

[snip]

The FBI has sought to question him since May 2004.

Besides treason, prosecutors have prepared other criminal charges against Gadahn, the sources said. They declined to give specific details.

Allahpundit has CNN video of this announcement.

The reporters on CNN sound shocked that this is actually happening.

Update: This is interesting. According to Greg Tinti, Adam Gadahn has been working with Adnan Shukrijumah, al Qaeda’s nuke specialist.

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