DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan Accused of Leaking Info on ICE Raids, Putting His Own Agents in Danger
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan was accused of putting his own agents in danger by leaking details about the massive Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation to the media in order to sabotage it.
Multiple outlets are now reporting that sources within the agency believe McAleenan was behind the leaks about the now-postponed plan to deport approximately 2,000 illegal immigrants from ten US cities.
“Leaking the locations and details to stop the operation from happening not only harmed operational integrity, but it put the safety and well-being of his own officers in jeopardy,” said one senior administration official told Buzzfeed News. “The ICE mission is enforcing the nation’s laws and ensuring those who are unlawfully present in the country are removed if ordered by a judge; this will leave an un-erasable mark on his tenure.”
The Washington Examiner also reported that they have multiple sources confirming the same thing.
“I know he has not approved of this operation for months,” one person familiar with those private conversations said during a phone call Saturday night. “The president wouldn’t leak that. ICE wouldn’t leak that. There’s only a few people involved in these discussions … The only one who could have shared the details of those operations were Kevin.”
“That’s our belief,” a second official said when asked if McAleenan was behind the leak. “The secretary was not supportive from day one.”
According to the Examiner’s report, their sources told them that only a handful of people in the White House, ICE, and DHS knew the exact cities, dates and times for the raids.
The report that allegedly caused the president to postpone the operation was published in the Washington Post by a reporter who traveled on a government plane down to the border on Wednesday with McAleenan. It contained information that McAleenan and few others would have been privy to.
The Post also detailed McAleenan’s opposition to the operation.
“Leaking the locations and details to stop the operation from happening not only harmed operational integrity, but it put the safety and well-being of his own officers in jeopardy,” the third official wrote to the Examiner.
“That’s law enforcement sensitive information. You just don’t reveal that,” the second official said. “It gets people hyped up. It gets the NGOs activated, and then anyone wearing a jacket with the ICE name on it is really chastised. Cities are coming out saying, ‘Here’s how you can protect yourself against it.’”
And as reported earlier former ICE Director Tom Homan went off on McAleenan on FOX and Friends Weekend.