Leaked Documents Show US Government Tracking Journalists and Immigration Advocates in Secret Database

The US government has been tracking immigration activists, lawyers, and journalists in a secret database, according to a report from KNSD-TV, an NBC station in San Diego.

The documents provided show intelligence gathering efforts by the US and Mexican governments, targeting more than 50 people including journalists, attorneys, immigration advocates and social media influencers associated with the ‘migrant caravan.’

Recently, two journalists and two immigration rights attorneys who worked with members of the caravan were denied entry into Mexico. A number of people who were listed in the database said they seemed to be targeted at the border US/Mexico border.

The intelligence gathering was done under “Operation Secure Line,” the operation designated to monitor the migrant caravan.

The documents are titled “San Diego Sector Foreign Operations Branch: Migrant Caravan FY-2019, Suspected Organizers, Coordinators, Instigators and Media.” The document has the US and Mexican flags, with a banner that reads: “ILU-OASSIS-OMEGA.” Department of Homeland Security officials say the documents are from the International Liaison Unit. The International Liaison Unit coordinates intelligence between the governments of the US and Mexico.

 

 

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