CIA Tweets U.S. Military’s Osama bin Laden Raid

Posted May 2, 2016 at 8:49am

The Washington Post reports that “Navy SEALs may have killed Osama bin Laden in a raid five years ago Sunday, but anyone following the CIA on Twitter might think it all just happened. In a deeply bizarre social marketing move Sunday, the agency “live-tweeted” the raid that led to bin Laden’s death — but it did so five years later.”  

“For anyone who may not be familiar with the term ‘live tweeting’ — an audience that may include the CIA — it refers to the act of reporting something on Twitter as it happens in real time. Sure, by its very nature, that sometimes includes a short lag time. Maybe a few seconds. But in this case, it was five years.”  

“’The takedown of bin Laden stands as one of the great intelligence successes of all time. History has been a key element of CIA’s social media efforts,’ CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said, according to ABC. ‘On the fifth anniversary, it is appropriate to remember the day and honor all those who had a hand in this achievement.’”