Drudge didn’t have it first. CNN didn’t have it first. Fox News didn’t have it first. Who was the first to report on the raid on the Pakistani compound where Osama bin Laden was sent to take his eternal celestial dirt nap? A local IT consultant did, that’s who. The story broke as Sohab Athar, the IT consultant who was living in Abbottabad, Tweeted about helicopters swarming overhead and a “window-shaking bang” at around 9pm last night.
Here’s the rest from the UK Daily Record:
Mr Athar, believed to be living near to bin Laden’s compound, wrote his first tweet at about 9pm last night, when he noticed a helicopter.
He then wrote: “A huge window-shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope it’s not the start of something nasty.”
He later added: “Since Taliban (probably) don’t have helicopters, and since they’re saying it was not ‘ours’, so must be a complicated situation.”
The realisation hit him at about 6am today as he wrote: “Uh oh, now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.”
Under his username ReallyVirtual, he later added: “Interesting, I didn’t think my name would trend on Twitter before releasing a couple of rock albums and a few award-winning software.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama is making a late-night statement but is not announcing the topic that he will discuss.
Officials say the statement could come as early as 10:30 p.m. EDT.
It is highly unusual that the president would make a late-night statement with not even a hint about what he would discuss.
Details are still coming out…stay tuned.
***UPDATE 10:58 PM ET***
Via ABC News:
Osama bin Laden, hunted as the mastermind behind the worst-ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil, has been killed, sources told ABC News.
His death brings to an end a tumultuous life that saw bin Laden go from being the carefree son of a Saudi billionaire, to terrorist leader and the most wanted man in the world.
Bin Laden created and funded the al Qaeda terror network, which was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. The Saudi exile had been a man on the run since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan overthrew the ruling Taliban regime, which harbored bin Laden.
In a video filmed two months after the Sept. 11 attacks, bin Laden gloated about the attack, saying it had exceeded even his “optimistic” calculations.
This is just PRICELESS, folks! This morning on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ the crew again had another fight about what is torture and what is not, and whether or not Bush is responsible for Gitmo’s existence (Joe & Pat rightfully remind the crew that it was OBL who is responsible for that maelstrom). DING, DING, DING!!!! The fight is on!!! Pat Buchanan and Joe Scarborough in the corner of “reason,” Vs. Mika Brzezinski and Jonathan Capehart in the corner of “feelings.”
h/t for the transcript goes to Scott Whitlock of Newsbusters:
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I’m refraining from debate because we’re not going to have time for the next op-ed. Washington Post. Marc Thiessen. “2,688 days. As the new president receives his intelligence briefings, certain facts must now be apparent. Al Qaeda is actively working to attack our country again. And the policies and institutions that George W. Bush put in place to stop this are succeeding. During the campaign, Obama pledged to dismantle many of these policies. He follows through on those pledges at America’s peril and had his own. If Obama weakens any of the defenses Bush put in place and terrorists strike our country again, America will hold Obama responsible and the Democratic Party could find itself unelectable for a generation.”