Osama bin Laden: High Priest of Terror
The Age of Social Media Collides With Terrorism
At 10:25 p.m, Eastern time, CNN's Steve Brusk wrote on his Twitter account that a national security briefing was imminent. At nearly the same moment, Keith Urbahn, the Chief of Staff for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, using his Twitter moniker @keithurbahn, wrote: "I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama bin Laden."
The news was quickly confirmed by several news organizations—and just as quickly retweeted: Jill Scott, a CBS News reporter wrote, "House Intelligence committee aide confirms that Osama bin Laden is dead. U.S. has the body."
Athar didn't know the explosions and helicopters he was hearing nearby were the first news of the bin Laden attack until he woke up the next morning and details began to emerge.