First Credible Reports Of Bin Laden’s Death Spread Like Wildfire On Twitter

If the Twitterverse is to be believed, President Obama is about to announce the death of terrorist and 9-11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden, in an impromptu announcement broadcast on Whitehouse.gov and TV this Sunday night at 10:45 EST.

The news actually hit Twitter before the President’s broadcast; CNN’s Steve Brusk first tweeted that the announcement was National Security-related at around 7:25pm PST.

The first credible sign of the imminent announcement of Bin Ladin’s death came from Keith Urbahn, the Chief of Staff for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who tweeted “I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden.” CBS news producer Jill Scott then confirmed the rumor shortly afterward with House Intelligence committee aide confirms that Osama Bin Laden is dead. U.S. has the body.”

Both Urbahn and Scott’s tweets have been re-tweeted hundreds of times. (The NYT’s Brian Stelter has a more detailed account of how the news broke here).

The President’s monumental announcement came poignantly enough on the 8th anniversary of George Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” ceremony. Well it looks like the mission was finally accomplished. Unsurprisingly, “Osama Bin Laden” is now a Twitter trending topic.

What’s amazing is that the news is already out before the President has even spoken.

Update: The White House keeps pushing back the announcement, but CNN and the New York Times have just confirmed that Bin Laden was killed, with CNN adding the detail that the event took place in a mansion outside of Islamabad, Pakistan.

Update 2: The President has confirmed that Bin Laden was killed in an operation today in the city of Abbottabad, Pakistan (not Islamabad), after a firefight executed by a small team of US Human Ops troops.

Steve Brusk@stevebruskCNN
Steve Brusk

Breaking – We are told it is a national security related announcement by the President
Brian Stelter@brianstelter
Brian Stelter

CBS News producer reports: RT @jacksonjk: House Intelligence committee aide confirms that Osama Bin Laden is dead. U.S. has the body.
Jill Jackson@jacksonjk
Jill Jackson

House Intelligence committee aide confirms that Osama Bin Laden is dead. U.S. has the body.
Andy Levy@andylevy
Andy Levy

Fox News confirms bin Laden is dead.
Kent Matheson@k_mancklp
Kent Matheson

Cnn says bin laden is dead

Source -: http://techcrunch.com

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