Taliban Spokesperson Accidently Reveals Identities Of Their Mailing List Members

The Taliban routinely send out press releases to their mailing list, often claiming responsibility for attacks against Afghan and coalition targets.

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If you thought that you are the only person who gets confused between CC and BCC, you’ll be happy to know that you are not alone.

ABC News reported that a Taliban spokesperson accidentally CC’d the names of his entire mailing list while sending out a press release last week. Looks like Taliban may be hiring a new spokesperson soon!

Over 400 email addresses were revealed in a routine email sent by Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, an official Taliban spokesperson. Ahmadi forwarded a press release initially sent to him by another spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid. Office etiquette suggests that Ahmadi should have considered using the BCC or blind-carbon-copy function, which would have prevented every recipient of the Taliban e-mail from seeing the addresses of everyone else who got it.

The list was made up mostly of journalists, but also included “an address appearing to belong to a provincial governor, an Afghan legislator, several academics and activists,” as well as “a representative of Gulbuddein Hekmatar, an Afghan warlord whose outlawed group Hezb-i-Islami is believed to be behind several attacks against coalition troops,” ABC adds.

"Taliban have included all 4 of my email addresses on the leaked distribution list," tweeted journalist Mustafa Kazemi, a prolific Kabul-based tweeter with more than 9,500 followers. "Quite reassuring to my safety."

The Taliban routinely send out press releases to their mailing list, often claiming responsibility for attacks against Afghan and coalition targets. They are known for exaggerating casualty figures.

The e-mail blunder has even rendered a new hashtag on Twitter: #talibansubjectlines.

Cover image source: abc

Information source: foreignpolicy


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