One man had no clue that he’d scooped the entire news media about Osama bin Laden’s death.
IT Administrator Sohaib Athar unknowingly live-tweeted the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, when he wrote, "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)."
What Sohaib, who goes by the twitter handle @ReallyVirtual, regarded as nothing more than just an idle observation to his followers was actually the approach of about two dozen U.S. special forces flying in to capture and kill Osama.
But his tweets didn’ stop there, as he shared his annoyance with all the noise from the flyover, "Go away helicopter – before I take out my giant swatter."
Once the helicopters were gone, Sohaib became concerned about another loud noise. "A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt," he commented. I hope its not the start of something nasty."
Sohaib later reported what he’d heard from others about the incident brewing around him. "Since taliban (probably) don’t have helicopters, and since they’re saying it was not ‘ours,’ so must be a complicated situation," he wrote. "Two helicopters, one down, could actually be the training accident scenario they’re saying it was."
It wasn’t until hours later when he found out it was actually a U.S. mission. That’s when President Barack Obama announced to the world that Osama had been killed. Sohaib immediately became acutely aware of his role in history, tweeting, "Uh oh, now I’m the guy who live blogged the Osama raid without knowing it."
— Sonya Eskridge