Well sort of. Ali Shukri Amin was charged for assisting ISIL via blog and Twitter posts about encryption and Bitcoin.
Attorney General John Carlin said that Amin used social media to provide material support to ISIL and this sort of sentence would stop propaganda seeping into communities and reaching those who are most vulnerable.
Amin is one of the youngest people in the US to face terror charges. He pleaded guilty in June and faced a maximum 15 years in prison.
He founded the @amreekiwitness Twitter handle a year ago, garnering more than 4,000 followers and tweeting more than 7,000 times. Last year, the authorities said, he tweeted on the now-defunct Twitter handle about how jihadists could use Bitcoin “to fund their efforts”.
He explained what Bitcoins were, how the Bitcoin system worked, and suggested using Dark Wallet, a new Bitcoin wallet, which keeps the user of Bitcoins anonymous.
The article included statements on how to set up an anonymous donations system to send money, using Bitcoin, to the mujahedeen.
The Prince William County Osbourn Park High School student said he became lost and caught up in something that takes the greatest and most profound teachings of Islam and turns them into justifications for violence and death.
On his blog, the boy said he “authored a series of highly technical articles targeted at aspiring jihadists and ISIL supporters detailing the use of security measures in online communications to include the use of encryption and anonymity software, tools and techniques, as well as the use of the virtual currency Bitcoin as a means to anonymously fund ISIL.”
Any sympathy we might have had for the kid, who was essentually running low level technical support, was lost when he was also accused of radicalising an 18-year-old Virginia youth, Reza Niknejad, who travelled to Syria in January to join ISIL.