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'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh to be released from prison next month

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'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh to be released from prison next month

A federal judge in Virginia ordered that Lindh can't view extremist videos online and must get permission to obtain an internet-capable device.

By Tom Winter and Pete Williams

John Walker Lindh, the American man who pleaded guilty to fighting for the Taliban after the 9/11 attacks, is slated to be released from prison next month under terms restricting his internet access.

A federal judge in Virginia ordered that Lindh, 38, can't have an internet-capable device without permission from his probation office, can’t view or access extremist or terrorism videos, and must allow the probation office to monitor his internet use.

"Given the rare nature of defendant's crime and his unique personal history and characteristics, the probation officer recently filed a request asking the court to impose additional special conditions of supervised release which will govern defendant's behavior post-confinement," Judge T.S. Ellis III wrote in court papers filed earlier this month.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna995511