ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Events leading up to John Walker Lindh's guilty plea to two charges in a surprise deal with prosecutors:
– Nov. 25: Walker is interrogated by CIA Johnny Spann at a prison in northern Afghanistan. Spann was killed shortly afterwards in a prison uprising.
– Dec. 1: Walker is taken into custody by Northern Alliance forces in Mazar-e-Sharif after the uprising by Taliban prisoners. He had been shot in the thigh. He was turned over to U.S. custody later that day.
– Dec. 2: In an interview with a freelance journalist working for Cable News Network, Walker discusses how and why he joined the Taliban and says his "heart became attached to the (Taliban) movement."
– Dec. 7: Walker arrives at U.S. Marine base outside Kandahar, where he is questioned by FBI agents.
– Dec. 14: Walker is transferred to the USS Peleliu, an amphibious landing ship in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Pakistan. He undergoes surgery to remove the bullet in his leg.
– Jan. 24: Walker makes first appearance in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, after being flown to the United States. A criminal complaint list four charges, including conspiracy to kill his fellow Americans in Afghanistan.
– Feb. 5: A federal grand jury indicts Walker on 10 counts, alleging he was trained by Usama bin Laden's network and then conspired with the Taliban to kill Americans.
– Feb. 13: Walker pleads innocent to a 10-count federal indictment that charged him with conspiring to kill Americans and aiding Usama bin Laden's terrorist network. His attorney serve notice they will try to keep the statements he made in Afghanistan from being used at his trial.
– March 22: Walker's lawyers contend he spoke with the FBI in Afghanistan only to escape horrible prison conditions. They ask that the potentially incriminating statements be barred from his trial.
– July 15: Walker pleads guilty to two charges in a deal with prosecutors in which he would serve two 10-year prison sentences and cooperate fully with U.S. authorities in the investigation of the Al Qaeda and terrorism.