Why The Rock Heard About Bin Laden Before You Did

Because his cousin is a Navy SEAL

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At 10:24 p.m. Sunday night, one minute before former Donald Rumsfeld chief of staff Keith Urbahn and 45 minutes before any of the major networks had the story, action star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson broke the news Osama bin Laden's death on his Twitter page. Tweeted the actor: "Just got word that will shock the world--LAND OF THE FREE...home of the brave. DAMN PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN." So who tipped the Fast Five star off? The Daily's Hunter Walker says The Rock's cousin is a Navy SEAL. He first mentioned the unnamed cousin in a 2008 interview with The Sun. "My cousin is a very proud Navy SEAL for ten years now and just got back from his third tour in Afghanistan," he told the paper. The actor's representative declined Johnson's request for comment.

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