According to the New York Times, the radicalization of Monica Witt, a US Air Force intelligence officer who converted to Islam and became a spy for Iran, "accelerated" while pursuing a Middle East studies master's degree at George Washington University. She also attended a conference in Iran at the time "filled with fringe academics," including former Islam scholar and 9/11 conspiracist Kevin Barrett, and others who were "as critical of her country as she was."
Power Line, which questions the role of foreign funding, notes that Nathan Brown, who now directs GWU's Middle East studies program, once testified before Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood is akin to the Boy Scouts.
None of this is surprising for a field steeped in anti-Americanism and apologias for Islamist regimes like Iran's. When the rhetoric in the faculty lounge is indistinguishable from that of America's enemies, how much of leap is it to go from impressionable student to traitor?