A spokesman with the Taliban reportedly accidentally sent out an e-mail on behalf of the militant group that revealed the names of an entire mailing list.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmedi sent an e-mail that forwarded a press release from another spokesman that apparently accidentally CC’ed more than 400 recipients, reported ABC News.
Ahmedi was reportedly trying to use the BCC function, or blind carbon copy, that would have kept the names secret.
“Taliban have included all [four] of my email addresses on the leaked distribution list of 500 email addresses,” journalist Mustafa Kazemi, who is based in Kabul, said via Twitter. “Quite reassuring to my safety.”
Most of those who were CC’ed were journalists but it also contained several Afghan politicians, activists, academics, and a representative to the outlawed Hezb-i-Islami militant group.
In recent days, the Taliban has increasingly sent out more and more e-mails, mainly through Ahmedi’s account.
The blunder comes a day after Pakistan released nine members of the Taliban in an attempt to secure Afghanistan peace talks with the militant group, reported CNN, citing chief peace negotiator Salahuddin Rabbani.
An intelligence official, who was not named, told the network that some of the prisoners who were released belonged to the Taliban in the past. Two were ministers in the Taliban government that was toppled by the U.S. military after it invaded Afghanistan in 2001.
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