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First reports of Osama bin Laden’s death on Twitter

It looks like the first reports of Osama bin Laden’s death came not via online news sites or cable TV but via Twitter. Keith Urbahn, Donald Rumsfeld’s chief of staff, reported on Twitter at about 10:30 pm ET, “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.”

A few minutes later, CBS News producer Jill Jackson confirmed the news with this tweet: “House Intelligence committee aide confirms that Osama Bin Laden is dead. U.S. has the body.”


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