It truly sounds like something out of Saturday Night Live: the Taliban inadvertently revealed their contacts when someone hit the “reply all” button on an email which showed their entire mailing list. The Taliban are known as cave dwelling Troglodytes who destroyed ancient artifacts and pushed much of Afghanistan back into the dark ages. Thus, it could not happen to a more deserving group of guys.
Qari Yousuf Ahmedi, an official Taliban spokesperson, is responsible for the disclosure in one of his routine email blasts. He had received a press release from the account of Zabihullah Mujahid, another Taliban spokesperson. Ahmedi then forwarded Mujahid’s email to the full Taliban mailing list using the cc option rather than the bcc option to hide the identity of the recipients. Some 400 recipients were disclosed. Most are journalists but the list also includes a provincial governor, an Afghan legislator, several academics and activists, an l Afghan consultative committee, and a representative of Gulbuddein Hekmatar, the infamous Afghan warlord associated with Hezb-i-Islami.
I can’t wait for their “friends” list on Facebook and their “OMG” tweet saying “Qari 511! . . . FDGB”