The Ohio man is being held at the Boone County Jail in Kentucky, and on Thursday he got in touch with WXIX reporter Tricia Macke after calling the television station three times from his cell.
What Cornell said in the interview was so blunt and disturbing, his attorney tried to get a judge to prevent WXIX from airing the interview — but the court refused to suppress Cornell’s right to free speech.
“I got orders from the brothers overseas because I’m with the Islamic State,” Cornell said in the interview, which aired Friday. “My brothers over there, in Syria and Iraq, gave me specific orders to carry out jihad in the west, so I did so.”
Cornell refused to say how he first got in contact with Islamic State leaders but he readily predicted a future full of Islamic State attack in the U.S.
“There will be many, many attacks,” he said. “Like I said, we are ready for the battle over the Capitol.”
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