WH Chief of Staff Accidentally Reveals First Name of ISIS Hostage
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough pulled a full Ginsberg Sunday morning, appearing on all five of the Sunday political shows. Apparently all that talking got the best of him: during an interview with George Stephanopoulos he accidentally revealed the first name of the last American hostage being held by ISIS.
The family has kept her name from becoming public knowledge for months now. General information is known about her, including that she was kidnapped in August of 2013, but her identity has not been revealed to deprive ISIS of attention.
McDonough made the slip while discussing efforts to get her back. Mediaite has removed her name:
And as it relates to our hostages, we are obviously continuing to work those matters very, very aggressively. We are sparing no expense and sparing no effort, both in trying to make sure that we know where they are and make sure that we’re prepared to do anything we must to try to get them home.
But [the hostage’s] family knows how strongly the president feels about this and we will continue to work this.
An NSC spokesperson told Politico after the segment, “We don’t have anything to add, other than to request again that you not use the name of the individual.”
ISIS executed one of its two Japanese hostages earlier this week.
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