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CIA Faces Backlash After Marking Anniversary of Bin Laden Raid With ‘Live Tweets’

CIA Faces Backlash After 'Live Tweeting' Bin Laden Anniversary

shutterstock_312342929The Central Intelligence Agency is marking the 5-Year Anniversary of its most publicly known triumph to date by “live-tweeting” the 2011 raid on the Abbottobad Compound that killed Osama Bin Laden.

Yes, you read that correctly, if you’re following the CIA’s verified Twitter feed this Sunday afternoon you’ll find yourself getting up to the minute reports of what happened on world’s most famous the raid, 5-year-ago today.

As you can image, the wonderful world of twitter is generally none too kind in their responses to this rather unique event.  But aside from the those who complain just for the sake of complaining, there are real concerns from some former special operations folks who feel very valuable intelligence is being given away through this little exercise. spoke about what the CIA might be giving away with Jack Murphy, a former Green Beret and Army Ranger, who now serves as editor-in-chief of  SOFREP is veteran owned and brings its audience trusted news, intel and journalism from a staff of writers that are also military veterans.

“The enemy can start to put pieces of the puzzle, such as flight ranges, staging areas, and similar details that would be useful in anticipating a future attack,” Murphy said.

Murphy also couldn’t help but notice a little bit of hypocrisy at play.


“It also seems somewhat hypocritical for the government to go after [No Easy Day author Matt] Bissonette for ‘leaking details,’ when they are now giving away as much, if not more here,” Murphy added.


For anyone who has watched the movies or read one of the several books about the incident, it appears as though we are at halftime.  Tweeting should pick back up in the next few minutes, either for the fuel stop in the desert or perhaps they’ll skip that and start back up when the choppers return to J-Bad.

While this CIA tweet-fest was rather interesting (especially on a slow Sunday afternoon), one thing does seem clear — that the Obama Administration is going  to “spike” the Bin Laden football  hard at least one more time while in office.

On Monday, President Barack Obama is scheduled to sit down with CNN’s Anderson Cooper to discuss the Bin Laden killing.  And CNN is promoting unprecedented access to the White House Situation Room and never before seen photos and discussions from the players involved.


Well, image that! It looks like everyone returned to base, safely.

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