An apparent slip of the hand by a Taliban spokesperson has revealed the members of the groupâ€™s mailing list, according to a report Friday from ABC News. The 400 e-mail addresses include many journalists, but also a few members of government as well as â€œacademics and activists.â€
The Taliban regularly sends e-mail blasts with press releases highlighting its latest activities, usually from the e-mail account of spokesperson Qari Yousuf Ahmedi. But this time, the press release Ahmedi intended to send was forwarded from the account of another spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid. Ahmedi forwarded the e-mail on to the mailing list, but CCâ€™d all 400 members, rather than BCCâ€™ing them, so the full list of e-mail addresses was laid bare to all who received it.
According to ABC News, the list included â€œa provincial governor, an Afghan legislatorâ€ and an â€œAfghan consultative committee.â€ We can only imagine the chain of reply-alls that followed, but weâ€™re certain itâ€™s the stuff of nightmares.
from Ars Technica