Osama Bin Laden’s Death Leaked on Twitter
News organizations were given a heads up around 9:45 p.m. ET that President Obama was going to make a big announcement about 45 minutes later.
But it seems that the person who actually made the announcement that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces was Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff for the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, via his Twitter account.
“So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn," Urbahn tweeted at 10:25 p.m. ET.
He then added, “Don’t know if it’s true, but let’s pray it is.”
According to the New York Times, many have credited Urbahn with breaking the news, though he did not actually have firsthand confirmation.
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams -- the first broadcast evening-news anchor to appear on TV screens -- told the Times that some journalists had received an e-mail saying only: "Get to work."
But following Urbahn’s tweet, anonymous sources at the Pentagon and White House also began to leak the information of Bin Laden’s death, which Obama didn't confirm on the air until 11:35 p.m. ET.
Meanwhile, a computer programmer named Sohaib Athar has also been credited with live blogging the raid after he began Tweeting about the rarity of hearing a helicopter in the morning hours of his quiet, upscale Pakistani neighborhood.
He later called himself, "the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it."