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ReallyVirtual: Man in Abottabad Accidentally Live-Tweets Raid That Killed Osama bin Laden

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By HVnews on May 2, 2011


Never before has someone’s Twitter handle been so fitting.

Sunday marked a long night for Sohaib Atha, an “an IT consultant taking a break from the rat-race by hiding in the mountains with his laptops.” Because that IT consultant just happened to be hiding in Abottabad, Pakistan.

And he just happened to be on Twitter (@reallyvirtual), tweeting away at seeming random events in his adopted hometown at the same time that the U.S. military was engaging in what was a decade-in-the-making operation.

Today he will become known as the guy who, while live-tweeting a series of helicopter flypasts and explosions, unwittingly covered the U.S. forces’ helicopter raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound. He’s already done an interview with two Reuters reporters, the only ones who showed up at his door to talk to him in person.

Atha, 33, made note of his footnote in history on his blog. A nice timeline of Sohaib Athar’s tweets are also here. He wasn’t the only person who happened to be live-tweeting the news, @m0hcin was there too.

Here’s a few of his tweets.

His final tweet on the moment was: “Bin Laden is dead. I didn’t kill him. Please let me sleep now.”

Mashable has more on how this historic event unfolded elsewhere on Twitter.

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