Supporters of President Donald Trump were blindsided Thursday when WikiLeaks announced via Twitter that it had published the names and information of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and staff in an online searchable database.
"ICEPatrol" appeared to provide professional information and profiles from the professional social networking site of government employees.
Information such as job titles, work history, education and city of employment appeared on many of the profiles. It was not immediately clear how many employees were targeted, but the site said more than 9,300 profiles were listed.
In a tweet, Wikileaks said Trump's practice of separating migrant children from their parents was the impetus for its decision:
"ICEPatrol is an important public resource for understanding ICE programs and increasing accountability, especially in light of the actions taken by ICE lately, such as the separation of children and parents at the US border.”
WikiLeaks previously garnered praise from both Trump and his supporters for its part in dissemination emails stolen from Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.