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PR Fail: The Taliban Reveals Its Entire Mailing List

Taliban Fighters Sometimes the news is truly stranger than fiction—and sometimes karmic justice provides us with a much-needed laugh.

Today in PR fails that make us smile, The Taliban’s PR team (yes, that is a thing) sent out a press release last week…OK, yeah, let’s just consider that one for a minute: a press release from the Taliban.

Anyway, spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmedi wanted to forward an email from another Taliban spokesman to every contact on the terrorist organization’s email list. The problem? He mistook “carbon copy” for “blind carbon copy” and hit send—so everyone on the list could see the addresses of everyone else who received the message.

The list included more than 400 names; most were journalists, but the group also included quite a few members of the Afghan government in addition to some professors, political activists and even a few sympathetic warlords (who probably had Hotmail accounts). We know one thing: somebody’s Facebook pages are about to get hacked.

This isn’t just a PR fail for the Taliban—it’s also a stinging indictment of the Afghan government. All due to the kind of mistake our grandma might make while sending us one of those chain emails about the amazing numerical coincidences the will occur in the year 2011. Sounds like the Taliban needs a little help in the PR department, doesn’t it?

Any takers? No? We didn’t think so. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer group of guys.

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