Scenes from Pakistan after bin Laden's death
Reuters / David Loh
Early this morning, Sohaib Athar reported on his Twitter account that a loud bang had rattled his windows in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad. A few hours later he posted another tweet: "Uh oh, now I'm the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it." In the age of Twitter, perhaps it's no surprise that the first signs of the US operation that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden were noticed by an IT consultant awake late at night.