Taliban Accidentally Leaks Their Email List

A public relations representative for the Afghanistani militant movement accidentally CC-ed all addresses on the organization's mailing list to subscribers, including prominent journalists, academics, and local politicians.

Note: If you're a terrorist organization, BCC is your friend. A Taliban spokesperson's misstep resulted in all addresses on the Afghanistani militant movement's email list being disclosed to the public. ABC News' Muhammad Lila reports that Qari Yousuf Ahmedi, an official representative for the movement, accidentally used CC: instead of BCC: on a mass Taliban communication. Ahmedi forwarded a press release he received from another Taliban spokesperson in a mass email; instead of moving the CCs from the previous email to BCC, they stayed intact.

Although most of the 400-odd names on the Taliban's mailing list belonged to local and international journalists, they also included several Afghan politicians, academics, activists, and a representative from warlord Gulbuddein Hekmatar of the outlawed Hezb-i-Islami organization.

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  • Jonniew

    as it stated in first paragraph of this statement quote
    Note: If you're a terrorist organization, BCC is your friend. A Taliban spokesperson's misstep resulted in all addresses on the Afghanistani militant movement's email list being disclosed to the public
    so it means ther are supportieve of tjis orgaization,shame for this western media
    all this mess started by brits divide and rule policy aghain they started the hate against each other, all reader pay close attention to the saying of the wordings above in first paragraph,
    it means this media started the whole drama killing of innocent should be held responsiable
    it looks they have hand behind all those pervious and the present conflits

  • Ann Learner

    Not sure if I am interpreting your letter correctly.
    Britain did think they were smarted than everyone else and assigned themselves the role of re-arranging the world to benefit Britain, under the facade that they were bringing civilization to the  rest of the  world.
    I'm not sure about your comment on media.
    All media covers terrorists and this encourages terrorists to do  splashy/bloody displays for attention.
    BBC is the British Broadcasting Corp
    bcc is blind carbon copy, from the address line in your email

  • Guest

    Is there a way to confirm the accuracy of this list -- insuring it's not some sort Machiavellian political maneuver? It would be nice if this story had more details about the email list and clear up what is implied by being on the list. Does it mean the public knows now all of the members of Taliban's "army"?