CIA 'live-tweets' Bin Laden raid on 5th anniversary

The CIA tweets the 2011 operation that killed Osama bin Laden as if it was happening in real time.

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, Virginia, August 14, 2008.

The CIA has marked the 5th anniversary of the Osama bin Laden operation by live-tweeting the raid using the hashtag #UBLRaid.

The killing of the Al Qaeda founder in May 2011 in Pakistan by US special forces was tweeted by the CIA as if it was happening in real time.

Tweets included the now famous picture of President Barack Obama and other high-ranking US officials watching matters unfold from the White House's Situation Room.

"3:39pm EDT - Usama Bin Ladin found on third floor and killed #UBLRaid," read one tweet.

The move by the CIA received both positive and negative reactions. Most of the tweets were mocking or criticising.

But some reacted positively. 

CIA chief John Brennan said on Sunday, as the tweets were being uploaded, that Al Qaeda is still a threat and taking out the head of the DAESH terrorist group would have a "great impact."

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan talks to the press during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, Dec. 11, 2014.

"Now, with the new phenomenon of [DAESH], this is going to challenge us for years to come," he added.

Asked if removing DAESH leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi from action was as important as taking out Bin Laden, Brennan said "If we got Baghdadi, I think it would have a great impact on the organization. And it will be felt by them."

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