We can thank Twitter for the "heads up" on the momentous announcement, because at 10:25 p.m. last night, Keith Urbahn (chief of staff for former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld) tweeted the following:
“So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.”
“Don’t know if it’s true, but let’s pray it is.”
Following Urbahn's tweet, anonymous White House and Pentagon sources spread the word about Osama's death as well.
Here's what NBC's Brian Williams had to say about it:
"This story started to leak out in the public domain largely when some Congressional staffers started to make phone calls."
From there, the news spread virally over the Internet, until President Obama made his address to the nation at 11:35 p.m. last night.
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