White House Chief of Staff Accidentally Reveals ISIS Hostage’s Name on Live TV

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During an interview on Sunday morning with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough casually revealed the previously unknown first name of a woman being held hostage by ISIS. Oops?

Little is publicly known about the 26-year-old aid worker who was taken in August 2013 and is believed to be ISIS’s last American hostage. But when Stephanopoulos asked about potential rescue missions on This Week, McDonough slipped up, saying, “But [redacted]’s family knows how strongly the president feels about this and we will continue to work this.”

Maybe this was all a purposeful ploy to plant the wrong name out there? If so, the National Security Council is playing it pretty cool. ““We don’t have anything to add, other than to request again that you not use the name of the individual,” a spokesperson told Politico.