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Report: WikiLeaks posts ICE employees’ personal data

June 26, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Report: WikiLeaks posts ICE employees’ personal data Photo: U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement

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Last week, WikiLeaks released a database filled with personal data on over 9,000 current and former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees.

“This information is an important resource for understanding ICE programs and increasing accountability, especially in light of the extreme actions taken by ICE, such as the separation of children and parents at the border,” WikiLeaks indicated in a description of the database on Twitter.

The data includes LinkedIn profiles, pictures, educational history, agency personnel, and the employees’ base of operations, among other things– an unusual move for an organization that has gained a reputation for releasing classified information.

WikiLeaks indicated that it acquired the database from Sam Lavigne, a New York City artist and computer programmer, who also said he worked as an adjunct professor at NYU.

Lavigne allegedly attempted to publish the data on GitHub, but the website removed it, according to Fox News. He then wrote a blog about the database on Medium, but the site also took that post down as well.

“As ICE continues to ramp up its inhumane surveillance efforts, I believe it’s important to document what’s happening, and by whom, in any way we can,” Lavigne stated.

The WikiLeaks information disclosure was the latest in a string of incidents where ICE staffers have been targeted in retaliation for the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting and separating families caught crossing the border.

Trump has since signed an executive order which terminates the separations, as policymakers in Washington work to develop new plans for immigration policy.

Last week, a group of protesters pursued Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen out of D.C. Mexican restaurant, and on Wednesday the left-wing website “Splinter News,” released what they said was the phone number of White House Aide Stephen Miller.

The site referred to Miller as “the most effective force behind the implementation of the brutal policy that is leading the national news.”

Numerous demonstrators have rallied outside ICE offices across the United States as well. In Portland, Oregon, hundreds of protesters encircled the local ICE office, obstructing the entrance and forcing the agency to suspend operations.

“Wherever ICE agents show their faces, they must be challenged and shamed for carrying out this fascist policy,” the left-wing group Occupy ICE PDX, wrote in a post on Facebook.

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