Taliban Spokesperson Accidentally CC’s Entire Mailing List

Qari Yousuf Ahmedi, an official Taliban spokesperson, accidentally shared the group's email list with more than 400 addresses.

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Former Taliban fighters display their weapons after they joined Afghan government forces during a ceremony in Herat on November 3, 2012.

The Taliban may be hiring a new spokesperson. One, perhaps, who knows how to correctly send an e-mail.

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.

Over 400 e-mail addresses were revealed in an e-mail sent by Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, an official Taliban spokesperson. Ahmadi had 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.

Mustafa Kazemi, a Kabul-based war correspondent, tweeted to his 9,500 followers that all four of his e-mail addresses were leaked, adding that the incident was “quite reassuring to my safety.”

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


Spy games gotta love 'em. Petraeus gets exposed cheating and must step down. Two weeks later, Taliban spokesman accidentally reveals full Taliban employee list. When the CIA drops the ball, they make sure the other side drops the ball AND that it rolls into the gutter. Some great espionage novels will come out of these events.


@Gib Actually I think Comedy writers will have more fun.   This is like Cornwallis/Washington all over again.  Or the Keystone Cops.   I think future writers will turn the entire Obama Administration years into a bad musical comedy.  I can just see Petraeus dancing across the stage in his underwear chasing Taliban with unraveling headgear all in lock goose step to the tune of a ditty.    Something simple and repetitious.   When they all get to one side they turn around and chase the other direction.  No one ever catches anyone while Mr. Obama jumps up and down holding a severed head screaming his prowess.  Historians are going to have a fit!