White House Chief of Staff accidentally names female hostage held by ISIS for last 18 months

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 at 7:30 am

The White House chief of staff accidentally named an American woman who is being held hostage by ISIS militants on live TV.

Denis McDonough revealed the first name of the 26-year-old aid worker, whose identity has been kept from public knowledge for safety reasons, during an interview yesterday.

The woman was kidnapped by ISIS militants along with other aid workers while helping people displaced by the Syrian war in August 2013.

The other aid workers are thought to have been released, but ISIS demanded $6million for the American woman’s release as recently as 2014.

As part of the deal, ISIS also demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-trained neuroscientist who was convicted in 2010 of trying to kill U.S. officials and accused of planning the construction of dirty bombs to be used in terrorist attacks.

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