Sohaib Athar, a 33 year old programer and coffee shop owner from Lahore, Pakistan tweets the Osama bin Laden raid live via twitter, unknowingly. Then posts exclusive video on YouTube of Osama bin Laden’s mansion and a photo of the Bin Laden compound from a neighbors house.
(You can see the second floor wall as well as the wall surrounding the perimeter in the photos adjacent)
The first report of the operation which killed Osama bin Laden at his mansion compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan was by a coffee shop owner bothered by an uncharacteristic helicopter near his home in the middle of the night on his twitter account. Sohaib Athar, who works as a programer and according to his web site, reallyvirtual.com, is merely a “thirty three year old guy from Lahore, Pakistan with 18 years of programming experience and 7 years of parenting experience.”
It all started early in the morning on May 1st when Sohaib tweeted from his account, “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).” What would then unfold slowly is a detailed description of a man watching a world changing event, unknowingly, while sharing it with the world online. He continued quickly with his tweet “A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S” and subsequent tweet “@m0hcin all silent after the blast, but a friend heard it 6 km away too…the helicopter is gone too.” That was it, a live account of the quick, effective, and lethal raid which killed the world’s most wanted terrorist.
Sohaib had no idea what he just witness and continues in his search for what actually happened in the suburb he now lives in. He shares a link on his twitter account where it reports that “people are saying that it is due to a helicopter crash near the Kakool academy’s residential area. Security forces have surrounded the place and investigations are underway.” The report continues to say that two helicopters were seen and at least three blasts followed by a big on interpreted as a helicopter crash and that some people suspected a high value target of Al Qaeda was living in the area in question.
Sohaib continues his quest for the truth while showing the countless rumors of what really happened and the unusualness of violence in this specific area of Pakistan. His tweets, “@m0hcin t he few people online at this time of the night are saying one of the copters was not Pakistani…” and “@raihak Funny, moving to Abbottabad was part of the ‘being safe’ strategy” clearly show this sentiment. Abbottabad was known as a quiet and peaceful place in Pakistan according to locals in the area.
Sohaib Athar begins to understand the gravity of the situation when he tweets “Since taliban (probably) don’t have helicopters, and since they’re saying it was not “ours”, so must be a complicated situation #abbottabad” but shows the confusion that remains over exactly what happened when he states “The abbottabad helicopter/UFO was shot down near the Bilal Town area, and there’s report of a flash. People saying it could be a drone.” He follows this quickly, by posting a link showing the exact location of the “Abbottabad crash” as said by the Pakistani Military Special Services Group. Then at 5pm EST, Sohaib finally starts to put all the pieces together with his tweet “I think the helicopter crash in Abbottabad, Pakistan and the President Obama breaking news address are connected.”
The rumors continue with a taxi driver reporting that the army cordoned off the crash area and is conducting door-to-door search in the surrounding area, a friend saying two helicopters followed the major crash one of which was foreign, and of hearing one helicopter but “a friend heard two, for 15-20 minutes.”
The truth is, according to Barack Obama’s speech to the nation Sunday night, one helicopter entered from the US acting without the knowledge of the Pakistani government with six Navy Seals raiding the compound. Osama bin Laden had been living at the compound for at least six months and was subsequently killed in a shoot out with the US Navy Seals. The legality of such an attack is still yet to be determined.
Exclusive CravenEconomics side note, a common twitter account Sohaib communicates with, Kursed, is actually being followed by President Barack Obama’s official twitter account. (Although he is following over 600,000 others as well) still, very unusual and uncharacteristic of an American politician. To say the least we know the administration is aware of twitter’s involvement in the raid and its reporting.
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