Man dubbed 'American Taliban' set to walk free

John Walker Lindh, who joined the Taliban just before Sept. 11, has spent the past 17 years in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
2:33 | 05/23/19

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Now to the man dubbed the American Taliban set to be freed as early as this morning. John walker lindh joined the Taliban just before 9/11 and was captured during a battle with the U.S. Forces a few months later and whit Johnson joins us from outside the federal prison in Terre haute, India, which lindh has called home for the past 17 years. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning to you, the now 38-year-old John walker lindh is leaving prison much like he went in nearly two decades ago under a cloud of controversy. Sources expressing concern to ABC news that lindh remains radicalized with extremist beliefs. This morning, the man known as the American Taliban, John walker lindh set to walk out of an Indiana prison serving 176 his 20-year sentence. You're an American citizen, right? Right. Right now you are a prisoner. All right. Reporter: His post-9/11 capture making international headlines in 2001, gaunlts and filthy. He was pulled from a for tress basement in Afghanistan. In video taken by Afghan intelligence obtained by ABC news -- Look at me. Reporter: CIA officer Mike Spann seen here interrogating lindh. Did you know the people you're working with are with the Taliban? Reporter: Now Spann's daughter calling lindh's release a slap in the face. He is getting released early because of his good behavior in prison and for my family terrorism does not equal good behavior. Reporter: And Spann's father urging president trump to intervene. Don't turn him loose if there are reports he's not the model prisoner you say he is. Reporter: Citing two government reports that found lindh continued to advocate for global jihad and made pro-isis statements while behind bars and telling ab news he has preached in prison quoting a mom negligent jihadi -- he converted to Islam as a teenager and left for the Middle East in the late '90s and met Osama bin laden at an Al Qaeda training camp ultimately pleading guilty to giving armed support to the Taliban. He will be on supervised release for three years with tough restrictions including limited internet access, communicating only in inc. Flishg and no associating with any known extremist and expected to move to northern Virginia just outside of D.C. We get the latest on rising tension in the Middle East and

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