Pak IT guy liveblogs Bin Laden raid...and doesn't know it
Sohaib Athar of Pakistan had no clue he was giving updates on one of the most daring helicopter assaults in history -- the deadly Navy SEAL operation targeting the world's most wanted terrorist.
So much for getting a rest -- IT consultant Sohaib Athar, who says he was trying to "take a break from the rat race" by staying in Abbottabad in north Pakistan, live tweeted one of the biggest events in history: the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
At about 1AM on May 1, Sohaib tweeted complaining about the disturbance a helicopter was making nearby. "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)," he wrote. "Go away helicopter -- before I take out my giant swatter :-/"
"A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad..." the information-technology consultant continued. "I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S"
Within an hour, Sohaib mused that the helicopter didn't belong to Pakistan or the Taliban. "Since taliban (probably) don't have helicpoters, and since they're saying it was not "ours", so must be a complicated situation" he tweeted.
After hours of speculating why helicopters were over Abbottabad, Sohaid finally connected the night's events with the fact that the United States and President Barack Obama were behind that raid that left bin Laden dead.
"Uh oh, now I'm the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it," Sohaid wrote. "I need to sleep, but Osama had to pick this day to die :-/"
Because of his tweets, Sohaib now has a remarkable 40,000 + followers on Twitter. Sohaib last tweeted on May 2: "Bin Laden is dead. I didn't kill him. Please let me sleep now."
Posted by: tu3031 2011-05-02