By Mustafa Kazemi
Kabul (Afghanistan) – Since it became a trend to leak the identity of recipients of a press statement in Afghanistan, first by the Taliban and later the ISAF’s Joint Command, it might not seem an amazing news anymore as it was at the opening. But where is irony that makes it worth a story? It’s the unwanted competition between the multinational ISAF’s Joint Command Press Desk and the Taliban spokesman who ranks first in this leak spree.
On Wednesday January 16, for the second time in the history of ISAF, the Press Desk of the ISAF Joint Command that deals with all the updates and media coverage on behalf of the ISAF sent out a press release about the death of a soldier in southern Afghanistan following an improvised landmine explosion. But this isn’t the end of the story. The “To” field of the email message seemed all fashioned and retouched with the exposed 1,190 email addresses of primarily journalists, media outlets in & outside Afghanistan, ISAF officials, Defense Department Officials, State Department Officials, Foreign Embassies personnel, Foreign Countries diplomats, American government personnel in Afghanistan, Afghan government staff, and some unknown email addresses that could belong to anyone ranging from Special Forces operatives to CIA staff in Afghanistan.
In the screenshot below you can see some of the email addresses that were leaked. The domain “afghan.swa.army.mil” is the email domain of Afghanistan-deployed staff at the US Army.
Earlier in November, the Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi leaked the email addresses of hundreds of its recipients of press statements that are always exaggerated 1/10.
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