Wife of “South Park” Threat Maker Charged.

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The wife of the Virginia man who was arrested in July after allegedly threatening the creators of the television show “South Park” and trying to a join a terrorist group in Somalia is being charged with a federal offense herself.

Proscovia Kampire Nzabanita made false statements to investigators, according to charging documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Her husband, 20-year-old Zachary Chesser, was arrested over the summer for allegedly trying to join the Al Qaeda-linked group Al Shabab in Somalia. Nzabanita is not currently in custody, according to a Justice Department official.

The FBI and others conducted a months-long investigation into at least two alleged attempts by Chesser to join Al Shabab, which has been fighting to establish a strict Muslim state in Somalia and has pledged its allegiance to Usama bin Laden.

Authorities charged Chesser with providing material support to a terrorist group.

His wife is believed to be the woman in a full burqa at a post-arrest hearing in Alexandria, Va. The woman declined to speak to media at the time, her eyes welling with tears.

During the FBI’s investigation, agents found a “hand-written document” titled “How to Destroy the West,” Justice Department lawyer John Gibbs told the presiding judge at the time. The document, allegedly written by Chesser, discussed ways of attacking the United States and other countries, including cyber-attacks, vehicles filled with explosives, and the bio-agent ricin, Gibbs said.

In addition, Chesser communicated several times with Anwar Awlaki, the U.S.-born cleric tied to several recent terrorist plots inside the United States, prosecutors said. He also posted an array of “extremist” videos, “jihad propaganda” and other potentially dangerous materials online, including a leaked version of sensitive Transportation Security Administration guidelines and a message suggesting the creators of the show “South Park” could face death for their depiction of the prophet Mohammed, according to prosecutors.

“He represents a very real danger either here in the United States or overseas with the information he’s able to disseminate,” Gibbs told U.S. Magistrate Judge Ivan Davis in July. “For the past year, this defendant’s job has been writing about, talking about and preparing for jihad overseas.”

During several interviews with the FBI, Chesser — also known as “Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee” — told agents he tried to go to Somalia at least twice to join Al Shabab as a “foreign fighter,” according to prosecutors.

On July 10, he and his infant son were prevented from boarding a flight from New York to Uganda because Chesser was on the “no fly” list. Chesser told FBI agents he hoped his son would act as a “cover” for his travels, prosecutors said.
Chesser “effectively confessed” to the charges against him, Gibbs told Davis in July.

After his arrest, Chesser also told U.S. agents he wanted to help the FBI in their fight against terrorism, according to federal prosecutors and the man’s own defense attorney.
On the day of his arrest, Chesser told FBI agents he was “willing to assist the FBI with a few things,” but in exchange he wanted the FBI to send him overseas, possibly to East Africa, Gibbs said at the time.

Public defender Michael Nachmanoff acknowledged that Chesser talked about “potentially working for” or “working with” the FBI.

Chesser and Nzabanita, originally from Uganda, married in 2009. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria declined to comment beyond what’s in court papers filed early Monday.

Source: Liveshots.blogs.foxnews


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