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The unwitting live-blogger of the Osama bin Laden raid, a timeline

‘Uh oh, now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it’


 

Sohaib Athar, a 35-year-old IT consultant, unwittingly live-blogged the Osama bin Laden kill operation on Sunday. He didn’t know what was happening in his quiet suburb of Abbottabad, Pakistan, but his curiosity kept him in front of his computer screen, updating his Twitter account all night. It all started around 1 a.m. when he heard a low-flying helicopter. Journalists and others pounced on his feed, giving him 60,000 new followers within 24 hours.

Around 1:00 a.m. local time, Athar writes. “A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S.”

http://twitter.com/#!/ReallyVirtual/status/64783440226168832

Minutes later, he tweets: again. “Two helicpoters, one down, could actually be the training accident scenario they’re saying it was >> http://bit.ly/ioGE6O.”

http://twitter.com/#!/ReallyVirtual/status/64807284689211393

Around 2:00 a.m. local time, Athar posts this: “Since taliban (probably) don’t have helicpoters, and since they’re saying it was not “ours”, so must be a complicated situation #abbottabad.”

Minutes later, he writes, “The abbottabad helicopter/UFO was shot down near the Bilal Town area, and there’s report of a flash. People saying it could be a drone.” The rumours of a drone were false. The mapped out location is correct.

http://twitter.com/#!/ReallyVirtual/status/64798882332278785

Then, Athar responds to fellow Tweeters who ask if it’s an accident. “@smedicapeople are saying it was not a technical fault and it was shot down. I heard it CIRCLE 3-4 times above, sounded purposeful.” He’s right about that too.

http://twitter.com/#!/ReallyVirtual/status/64800071971127296

Around 7:00 a.m. local time, Athar retweets a message from @naqvi Munzir Naqvi. “I think the helicopter crash in Abbottabad, Pakistan and the President Obama breaking news address are connected.” Athar makes no judgment. “@kursed Another rumor: two copters that followed the crashed one were foreign Cobras – and got away,” he wrote after 7:00 a.m. They were actually four American Blackhawks, not Cobras.
http://twitter.com/#!/naqvi/status/64883228590350336
http://twitter.com/#!/ReallyVirtual/status/64889534189547520

Finally, at 7:45 Pakistan time, just as Obama is making his speech in Washington, Athar retweets a message from ISuckBigTime. “Osama Bin Laden killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan.: ISI has confirmed it.” He adds. “<< Uh oh, there goes the neighborhood :-/,” he writes.

http://twitter.com/#!/ReallyVirtual/status/64894823253016577


 

The unwitting live-blogger of the Osama bin Laden raid, a timeline

  1. Interesting thought. Osama would have had a vested interest in keeping things quiet around there. "There goes the neighborhood" indeed.

  2. Will this create more peace or a new nightmare?

  3. Lots of pieces. New nightmare. There go all the neighbourhoods!!

  4. Bin Laden was a master manipulator, he talked all kinds of
    shit and had other people back it up.

  5. Since bin laden was a coward and didn’t put up the slight
    bit of resistance before he died, does that disqualify him from being a martyr.
    If it does, that means no 72 virgins for him. LMAO…..he’ll be stuck in
    paradise for an eternity whacking it all by himself….ha ha ha. He could get one of those
    Fleshlights off the web to help quell his lack of ass appetite. HA HA HA.

     

    P.S – Osama….allah
    akbar !!