Taliban spokesperson Qari Mohammad Yousef Ahmadi apparently needs a lesson in the difference between carbon copy (CC) and blind carbon copy (BCC). His slipup has resulted in the leaking of the groupís entire PR mailing list, which includes over 400 email addresses belonging to journalists, members of government, academics, and activists.
In other words, the list features journalists and a bunch of more important people that probably donít want it to be known theyíre on it. More specifically, ABC News analysed it and says it includes ďan address appearing to belong to a provincial governor, an Afghan legislator, several academics and activists, an 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.Ē
Ahmadi regularly sends out mass emails with press releases highlighting the Talibanís latest activities, but apparently this time he decided to simply forward a press release he received from Zabihullah Mujahid, another Taliban spokesperson. In doing so, Ahmadi decided to CC the whole mailing list, resulting in the full leaking out to everyone on it.