As it turns out, even spokespeople for the Taliban confuse CC and BCC sometimes. And really, who among us hasn’t made a mortifying and potentially earth-shattering email faux pas?
ABC News reports that when sending out a routine email to the Taliban’s many internet buddies, a spokesperson for the group accidentally publicly CC’d everyone on the list. Oops!
When Taliban spokesperson Qari Yousuf Ahmedi received a press release from a fellow spokesperson, he forwarded it on to the full Taliban mailing list. But like a hapless aunt sending you a GIF-heavy chain letter, he forgot that there’s a difference between BCC and CC, and accidentally revealed the email addresses of everyone on the list.
Writes ABC News:
The list, made up of more than 400 recipients, 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 Gulbuddein Hekmatar, an Afghan warlord whose outlawed group Hezb-i-Islami is believed to be behind several attacks against coalition troops.
Okay, but who was email@example.com?