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BREAKING *** Pakistani computer programmer unknowingly liveblogs operation against Bin Laden ***

 
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AIRO - A computer programmer, startled by a helicopter clattering above his quiet Pakistani town in the early hours of the morning Monday, did what any social-media addict would do: he began sending messages to the social networking site Twitter.

With his tweets, 33-year-old Sohaib Athar, who moved to the sleepy town of Abbottabad to escape the big city, became in his own words "the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it."

Soon the sole helicopter multiplied into several and gunfire and explosions rocked the air above the town, and Athar's tweets quickly garnered tens of thousands of followers as he apparently became the first in the world to describe the U.S. operation to kill one of the world's most wanted militants.

Athar did not respond to an Associated Press request for comment — he explained in another tweet that a filter he set up to stop his email box from flooding could be culling out requests for interviews. He was up to more 70,000 followers by Monday evening.

"I apologize for reporting the operation 'unwittingly/unknowingly' — had I known about it, I would have tweeted about it 'wittingly' I swear," he tweeted after realizing what he had witnessed.
Later, he gave an interview to Al-Jazeera's English-language news network via Skype as he sat in a cafe. When asked if he was scared, he said that he's from Lahore, "so I've had my share of bomb blasts."
His first tweet Monday was innocuous: "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)."

The noise alarmed Athar, who had moved to the upscale area of Abbottabad to get away from city life after his wife and child were badly injured in a car accident in the sprawling city of Lahore, according to his blog in July.
Nestled in the mountains around 60 miles (95 kilometres) northeast of the capital, Abbottabad is a quiet, leafy town featuring a military academy, the barracks for three army regiments and even its own golf course.
As the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden unfolded, Athar "liveblogged" what he was hearing in real time, describing windows rattling as bombs exploded.

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Here's a screenshot of his live tweets I took...

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He's just a coffee shop owner if you read through his tweets. He's been getting flooded by the media with requests to speak with him.
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Here's a screenshot of his live tweets I took...

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WOW!! Thankshf
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This was "breaking" yesterday.
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This was "breaking" yesterday.
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Can you post the GLP link?
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This was "breaking" yesterday.
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Can you post the GLP link?
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Thread: A man living in Abbottabad(the town where OBL has caught) was posting live tweets about the operation to get OBL
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Re: BREAKING *** Pakistani computer programmer unknowingly liveblogs operation against Bin Laden ***
This was "breaking" yesterday.
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Can you post the GLP link?
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Thread: A man living in Abbottabad(the town where OBL has caught) was posting live tweets about the operation to get OBL
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Thread: Attack On Osama Tweeted By Resident As It Happened
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New about it, but learned more through the OP
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05/03/2011 05:23 PM
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New about it, but learned more through the OP
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It still ain't "breaking".
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New about it, but learned more through the OP
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1368767


It still ain't "breaking".
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Well, no, nut maybe yes with the little extra information.
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Re: BREAKING *** Pakistani computer programmer unknowingly liveblogs operation against Bin Laden ***
A computer programmer, you don't say!
Calls himself, ReallyVirtual, well, will you look at that!
Speaks in English, look at that, will you look at that.
Caught the whole dang Op on Tweets! Just look at that.
Wonder why he didn't tweet in his own language to people right there? Sometimes you just have to say, will you look at that.
You'd almost think he was posting that to a future English speaking audience. Would you just look at that!!

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