White House Mistakenly Reveals Identities of U.S. Special Operators in Israel
In a significant oversight, the White House press team inadvertently exposed the identities of U.S. special operators in a photo posted Wednesday night. The image displayed President Joe Biden shaking hands with the operators during his visit to Israel, with their faces clearly visible. It’s speculated that these individuals are present in the country for a mission related to the rescue of American hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
NEW: The White House admits they accidentally doxxed US Special Forces by posting an uncensored photo of them w/ Biden in Israel.— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) October 19, 2023
WH: “As soon as this was brought to our attention, we immediately deleted the photo. We regret the error and any issues this may have caused.”
The photo was shared on the official White House Instagram page and remained there for a significant duration before it was flagged and taken down. Despite its removal, the image had already been viewed by hundreds of thousands, compromising the anonymity of the “Delta Force” (CAG) operators featured.
The Whitehouse media team shared this picture last night (I added the black boxes) without blurring or censoring the faces of the “Delta Force” (CAG) operator’s faces. They deleted it an hour later after hundreds of thousands had already viewed it.— Sam Shoemate (@samosaur) October 19, 2023
This is a massive failure on… pic.twitter.com/ROegvYWzit
Reacting to the blunder, the White House stated: “As soon as this was brought to our attention, we immediately deleted the photo. We regret the error and any issues this may have caused.” Critics argue that this oversight signifies a massive failure on the Biden administration’s part, emphasizing the crucial importance of protecting the identities of special forces involved in covert operations.
Amidst this debacle, rising tensions in the Middle East persist. As Israel prepares for a potential ground invasion of Gaza, and with Hezbollah intensifying its offensive from the north, the Pentagon has placed 2,000 U.S. troops on standby. According to an official who spoke to Fox News, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has issued “be ready to deploy” orders to a selected group of American troops, indicating a readiness to assist Israel if required.
This incident underscores the importance of meticulous care and attention to detail in handling sensitive information, especially when it concerns the safety and security of U.S. personnel involved in covert operations abroad.