How the announcement on the death of the most wanted terrorist and the leader of al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden leak out? According to Brian Stelter of NYT, Twitter broke the news first. Yes, it’s coming from a tweet sent by Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff for the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
That speculation was not aired out on television immediately, but it did erupt on Twitter and other social networking Web sites. Wishful thinking about bin Laden’s death ricocheted across the Web — and then, at 10:25 p.m., while Mr. Obama was writing his speech, one particular tweet seemed to confirm it. Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff for the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, wrote at that time, “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.”
Mr. Urbahn quickly added, “Don’t know if it’s true, but let’s pray it is.” He was credited by many on the Web with breaking the news, though he did not have first-hand confirmation.
- Update: President Obama has addressed the nation to announce that the United States has killed Osama bin Laden. Check-out the full transcript here!
[via The New York Times]