Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang has a Islamic State group’s flag after allegedly pledge allegiance to the terror group in a house in Honolulu on July 8, 2017. Kang pleaded guilty Wednesday, as charged in an indictment last year. He is a agreement of 25 years in prison for the charges which can put him in prison for life.
(FBI/U. S Attorney’s Office)
A soldier based in Hawaii, pled guilty Wednesday to trying to help Islamic State group — admission he provided secret military information, a drone meant to keep the AMERICAN troops and other support to undercover agents he believed were members of the terrorist organization.
Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang, shackled and wearing a beige prison jumpsuit, spoke in a clear and confident voice when he said an AMERICAN court judge in Honolulu, he is guilty of all four counts charged in an indictment filed last year.
“Your honor, I do not classified, classified documents on the Islamic State,” Kang said, adding that he is also the drone.
He was voted in as Assistant district Attorney of the V. S. Ken Sorenson described other support that he provided to undercover agents Kang believed, were part of the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS.
Kang provided huge volume of digital documents that have sensitive information, including a U.S. military weapons file, and the various military manuals, Sorenson said.
Trained as an air traffic controller, Kang also with documents, including call signs, mission procedures, and radio frequencies”, which is very nice, and ISIS,” Sorenson said.
At one of the meetings with agents Kang believed, were part of the Islamic State, he swore allegiance to the group in Arabic and English and kissed an Islamic State flag, Sorenson said.
Kang was obsessed with videos about terrorism, beheadings, suicide bombings and other violence, and he looked in his bedroom for hours per day, a confidential informant told agents. The agents put a tracking device on the soldier in the car, during an investigation that led to the indictment.
Kang told the informant that he, if he was an Islamic State member, he would be a suicide bomber and attack Schofield Barracks, a sprawling army base outside of Honolulu, on the basis of a declaration filed in the case.
The U.S. government first asked a judge for a tracking device to be placed on the Kang car in October 2016 and applied to the various extensions, after orders of the grant has expired.
Kang looked at the videos for four to five hours per day during the week and more on the weekend, the informant told agents in 2016. The informant “remembered feeling sick to his stomach, while Kang laughed and insulted the victims,” the statement said.
During the first week of September 2016, Kang told the informant “that if he were to do something like shoot at a large gathering, it would be out of his hatred for the whites, the angry and non-Muslims,” the statement said.
Kang began researching Islam in 2014, couldn’t wait to move to the Middle East to “join the cause” and it was “only in the army for a salary,” the informant said, according to the affidavit.
Agents said in their requests for a tracking device that they needed to monitor him constantly, because she feared that he would carry out an attack.
Officials with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade told the FBI they were worried about their ability to Kang, he was to return from leave on May 25, 2017 — the same day as a change of command ceremony, the affidavit said.
Brigade staff was afraid for the big meeting “represented a target of opportunity for Kang he wants to harm the members of the unit.”
Kang has been held without bail since his July 2017 arrest.
He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10. Prosecutors and Kang to 25 years in prison for the charges which can put him in prison for life if he is convicted in a trial.