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.
Allah has the story with Breaking: Adam Gadahn to be charged with treason
The last person convicted of treason was Tomoya Kawakita, a dual Japanese-American citizen found guilty in 1952 of having tortured American POWs during WWII. Still looking to see if he was the last person charged.
How did a nice American boy find his way into Al Qaeda? The LA Times reports.
American al Qaeda spokesman Adam Yahiye Gadahn is to face treason charges, federal sources told CNN on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old California native who has appeared in five al Qaeda videos will also be charged with offering material support for terrorism, the two sources said.
His indictment was to be returned in Los Angeles and will be announced at 4 p.m. ET in Washington by the Justice Department, one of the sources said.
A treason charge and the death penalty would be appropriate for this POS scum.