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Man who tweeted Bin Laden raid gets worldwide attention

A computer programmer is the focus of worldwide attention after he tweeted the raid on Osama Bin Laden's hideout.

May 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A computer programmer in Pakistan is the focus of worldwide attention after he unknowingly tweeted live updates of the raid on Osama Bin Laden's hideout.

Sohaib Athar, or better known as @ReallyVirtual, has found himself with more than 100,000 followers on Twitter.

Athar was woken up Monday morning by helicopters. He tweeted about the noise, and then like any good tweeter, he kept sending messages as the noise turned into gunfire and explosions.

"I was actually working, and I was getting irritated by the noise it was making," he said. "After confirming that it was not a bomb but a helicopter, I logged out for a few hours, and then I came back, and I heard about Osama Bin Laden."

Athar's first reaction was another tweet saying, "Uh-oh, now I'm the guy who live-blogged the Osama raid without knowing it."

Athar says he has no plans to capitalize on his fame.


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