Taliban Accidentally Reveals Entire Email List


Surely everyone who uses email has copied someone by mistake before, but rarely does it rise the level of monumental gaffe that a Taliban spokesman committed this week. ABC Newsreports:

Somewhere out there, Mullah Omar must be shaking his head.

In a Dilbert-esque faux pax, a Taliban spokesperson sent out a routine email last week with one notable difference.He publicly CC’d the names of everyone on his mailing list.

The names were disclosed in an email by Qari Yousuf Ahmedi, an official Taliban spokesperson, on Saturday. The email was a press release he received from the account of Zabihullah Mujahid, another Taliban spokesperson. Ahmedi then forwarded Mujahid’s email to the full Taliban mailing list, but rather than using the BCC function, or blind carbon copy which keeps email addresses private, Ahmedi made the addresses public.

“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 list, made up of more than 400 recipients, consists mostly of journalists, but also includes an address appearing to belong to a provincial governor, an Afghan legislator, several academics and activists, an l Afghan consultative committee, and a representative of Gulbuddein Hekmatar, an Afghan warlord whose outlawed group Hezb-i-Islami is believed to be behind several attacks against coalition troops…

[continues at ABC News]


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9 Comments on "Taliban Accidentally Reveals Entire Email List"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Nov 18, 2012 at 10:14 am |

    I got an email from him too
    but I thought it was spam

  2. Once you get on the Taliban’s E-mail list, they never stop forwarding you cat pictures and virus warnings.

  3. IrishPotatoGun | Nov 18, 2012 at 11:58 am |

    What is big deal he already sending an email to people who already knew they are part of the resistance. The question is who did he send the email to that snitched on the them and then leaked it. Do you really think that BC’ing can’t be seen by computer experts? The whole story reeks of propaganda.

  4. InfvoCuernos | Nov 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm |

    The kill list just got longer.

  5. smooth_operator | Nov 19, 2012 at 3:48 am |

    Oh, good! So we’ll be able to find all five Taliban members who use a computer.

  6. I wonder how many spooks are on that list.. lol

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