Commanders admit Libya tweets are part of overall intelligence picture and help choose missile strike targets, subject to corroboration.
This article titled “Libya air strikes: Nato uses Twitter to help gather targets” was written by Richard Norton-Taylor and Nick Hopkins, for The Guardian on Wednesday 15th June 2011 14.52 UTC
Nato is using information gleaned from Twitter to help analysts judge which sites could be targeted by commanders for bombing and missile strikes in Libya.
Potentially relevant tweets are fed into an intelligence pool then filtered for relevance and authenticity, and are never passed on without proper corroboration. However, without “boots on the ground” to guide commanders, officials admit that Twitter is now part of the overall “intelligence picture”.