Former chief of staff to Donald Rumsfeld tweets 'reliable person' telling him of Al-Qa'ida leader's killing.

This article titled “Twitter first with news of Osama bin Laden’s death via ex-Bush staffer” was written by Charles Arthur, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 2nd May 2011 08.48 UTC

News of Osama bin Laden’s death was first leaked on Twitter by Keith Urbahn, the former chief of staff for Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary under President George W Bush.

“So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.” he wrote at 10.25pm EST Sunday evening (0325am BST Monday morning).

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