As the old saying goes, a false step may cause a lifelong regret. UK’s Daily Mail reported on Nov.16 that Qari Yousuf Ahmedi, an official Taliban spokesman, sent out a media release email last week with one big mistake in it: he had publicly CC'd the names of everyone on his mailing list.
Ahmedi reportedly received the press release from the account of Zabihullah Mujahid, another Taliban spokesperson, and forwarded the email to the full Taliban mailing list, revealing the addresses of over 400 recipients which were kept private in the past.
The list consists mostly of journalists, but also includes an address appearing to belong to a provincial governor, an Afghan legislator, several academics and activists, an l Afghan consultative committee, and a representative of an Afghan warlord whose outlawed group Hezb-i-Islami is believed to be behind several attacks against coalition troops.
Kabul-based journalist Mustafa Kazemi tweeted after the news: 'Taliban have included all 4 of my email addresses on the leaked distribution list.’
The Taliban routinely send out press releases to their mailing list, often claiming responsibility for attacks against Afghan and coalition targets.
It’s reported that Ahmedi is not a real name. As the official spokesman of Taliban, he communicates with others using telephone, SMS and emails. He never takes interviews or calls press conferences. Nobody knows where he is or what he looks like.