A senior Taliban commander, wanted in connection with an assassination bid on Malala Yousufzai’s life, has been found using the networking site LinkedIn.
Ehsanullah Ehsan, one of the world’s most notorious terrorist leaders, has 69 connections on LinkedIn and lists “jihad and journalism” as his unique skills.
Ehsan also provided details of his schooling, employment history and language skills. He describes himself as “self-employed” and says he has been a terrorist spokesman since January 2010 – first for Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Pakistan wing of the Taliban, which carried out the attack against Malala Yousufzai in 2012 and now for TTP Jammat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Taliban. Sounds like a straight shooter with upper management written all over him!
After LinkedIn caught wind that Taliban commanders were using their site to engage in some business networking, the company took down Ehsan’s account.
A LinkedIn spokesman said the company’s security team had decided to “restrict it” and stressed that it was not clear if the account actually belonged to Ehsan or if it was just a fake.
The spokesman said, “(I) Can’t say for certain that it is someone else…But I can say that our security team has a high degree of confidence that it is a fake account, which is reason enough to restrict it. (I) Also can’t say for certain who might have set it up if it is fake.”
Or… the discovery that Ehsan has an open profile on LinkedIn was too embarrassing for the networking company so they had to shut it down immediately?
Either way, it’s a shame Ehsan’s account has been restricted. What could be a worse punishment then an endless supply of LinkedIn endorsement emails?
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