Taliban Spokesman Accidentally Gives Away His Location On Twitter
When you leave a comment on social media, the rest of us can see it. On Friday, the Taliban’s spokesman in Afghanistan gave away his location as being in neighboring Pakistan.
The Tweet by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed an attack but it also included geolocation information that suggested he sent the message from Sindh, Pakistan.
The Associated Press reports:
Mujahid later sent a tweet Saturday describing the location leak as an “enemy plot.” He also offered his Afghan telephone number to confirm his identity and wrote: “With full confidence, I can say that I am in my own country.”
Twitter says such geolocation data is based on latitude and longitude data or other information provided by users at the time of their message.
In an explanation of geolocation, Twitter itself warns: “Remember, once you post something online, it’s out there for others to see.”
Thanks for that, Mr. Spokesman because of this:
The Pakistani Taliban have expressed their support for Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq.
In a statement marking the Muslim festival of Eid, the group appealed to Islamists there to unite against the “enemy” – the US-led alliance.
Addressing ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Maulana Fazlullah, a Taliban spokesman said. “We are proud of your conquests against the enemies. We are with you in good and bad times.”