Twitter user unknowingly reported bin Laden attack
May 2nd, 2011
10:35 AM ET
3 years ago

Twitter user unknowingly reported bin Laden attack

(CNN) – As U.S. forces in Pakistan swooped in on Osama bin Laden on Sunday, at least one Twitter user was unknowingly reporting details of the raid.

Some of the first public accounts of the military operation that killed the terrorist leader came in the form of tweets from Sohaib Athar, an IT consultant in Abbottabad, the city where bin Laden was found.

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  1. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Tweet this... 'You terror rats can run but you cannot hide. We're coming for all of you."

    May 2, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. carrotroot

    If the doubters need proof that Bin Laden is Dead, just follow the Tweets from guy living next to his compound.

    May 2, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Fonsini

    Sounds like he's a little nervous – I wonder why........

    May 2, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Did you notice that the Pakistini army and local law enforcement offered no resistance? Think about what that means. U.S. helicopters come (they have some LOUD engines, BTW) swooping toward their equivalent of West Point, and didn't so much as budge. I think they were content to have their problem removed for them, and could not publicly endorse such an action.

    May 2, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Lisa P

    Some make history; others merely tweet their annoyance at the noise. Personally, I would probably react the way Athar did. Let the poor guy have his nap. Bin Laden will still be dead in the morning.

    May 2, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. The Clear Thinking Independent Voter

    Congratulations to "No Drama Obama" for his cool hand in snuffing out this terrorist. I like the competence that America demonstrates under his leadership.

    Moammar Kaddafhi would do well to reconsider stepping down from power while he and his remaining sons are alive. They can keep about $30M of the BILLIONS that they've stolen from Libya and live out there years elsewhere. I have no doubt that, through Hiliary Clinton, the Obama administration will leverage this to the benefit of the world community.

    Time to dispatch some helicopters over Tripoli...

    May 2, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Poor man.
    @Rudy NYC: The Pakistani leadership was given an 'out' by our President, who took into account how this sovereign nation might react to the news, their President was given the opportunity to sanction the action based on his own dealings with Bin Laden. The Pakistanis, in other words,were afforded the chance to 'save face' by President Obama. THAT is what I call artful diplomacy by our Commander-In-Chief.

    May 2, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This action serves to further illustrate the dramatic difference found in going intoa situation with guns blazing, half-cocked, and with a half-baked plan of action AAAND having all pertinent intel, taking all scenarios into account and having the tacit approval of worldwide leaders and their subsequent support for our actions.
    Quite commendable. Kudos to the Prez, military and JSOCS (sp).

    May 2, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. PalmReader

    I would also like to extend my thoughts and prayers to those who served, and the families of those who died, on the USS Cole, as well as those victimized in the twin tower bombings in 1993, the US Embassy bombings of Kenya and Tanzania, and ALL innocent victims resulting from the evil rantings of the man who was (and is no longer) Osama bin Laden. One forgets the destruction of life this one man is accountable for. How fitting that the death announcement of both he and Adolf Hitler was announced on the same calender day - May 1.

    May 2, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Indy

    I sure hope the former Mayor of Wasilla AK does not spew out yet another anti American tweet, this is a proud day for all Americans and hopefully CNN will not report Sarah Palins rants today

    May 2, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |