Geek: Last week, a spokesperson for the Taliban accidentally revealed the organization’s entire public relations email list due to a very simple mistake — someone forgot to BCC the email and instead carbon-copied the whole list.
Taliban spokesperson Qari Yousuf Ahmedi committed the blunder, which contained over 400 email addresses, including an Afghan legislator, a provincial governor, many journalists, academics, and activists. The list also included an Afghan warlord of the group Hezb-i-Islami, which is believed to be behind attacks on coalition forces.
Is anyone else surprised that the Taliban has a PR department? Like dude, Osama, everybody out there knows what your whole M.O. Why do you need a PR department? Do you run commercials? Do you put up ads on the metro in downtown Kabul like the ones you see for like DeVry Institute masters programs? I really don’t get it. It’s almost like the Taliban needs PR to compete against Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations. You know, for recruiting purposes.
Any who exactly gets hired into this position? Are they college interns or something? Like you graduate from terrorist school with a major in PR and you get hired by the Taliban, it seems like a pretty prestigious terrorist organization. Al Queda is probably top dog, like getting hired by Google. But the Taliban has got to look pretty good on your résumé.
I somehow see this whole mixup like an episode of The Office. Like Michael Scott asks PR to release a statement, so they send it down to legal to check if it’s OK for release, but accidentally CC Dwight, Pam, Jim, everybody on the email. And the statement was that they are going to be laying off 10% of the staff. Hilarious episode.