The White House Chief of Staff just made a potentially deadly mistake in revealing the identity of ISIS’s 26 year-old female hostage.
The identity of the woman was being kept secret for her own safety before Denis McDonough revealed it during a live television interview on Sunday. The female aid worker has been a hostage of ISIS’s since August of 2013, when she was kidnapped while helping people displaced by the Syrian war.
ISIS has released the other aid workers that were kidnapped with her, and in 2014 they demanded $6 million for her release. In yesterday’s interview, McDonough made a mistake that could cost her her life.
“As it relates to our hostages, we are obviously continuing to work those matters very, very aggressively,” Mr McDonough said, according to Daily Mail. “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 Kayla’s family knows how strongly the president feels about this, and we will continue to work this,” using the woman’s first name to describe her. The name has since been redacted from records of the interview per the request of the government.
This slip comes just days after ISIS killed their latest hostage, Japanese native Haruna Yakuna. It remains to be seen what impact, if any, the White House’s mistake will have on the female hostage’s release.