Osama Bin Laden has been killed and the United States has the body.
It was announced around 10 p.m. EST that President Obama would hold a press conference only 30 minutes later. The conference has since been delayed -- it should air any minute now on all major networks (at CNN, Wolf Blitzer suspects the address will occur at 11:10 p.m. EST) -- but Twitter was immediately overrun by thousands of #ObamaGuesses as to what the speech would be about. Libya? Bin Laden? As reporters worked their sources, details slowly leaked out over Twitter. Not enough time to pull all of the pieces together and turn them into a story. This would be a speech about national security, one administration official confirmed. It would not be about Libya, we learned moments later.
At 10:24 p.m. EST Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff for Donald Rumsfeld, confirmed many guesses. "So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden," Urbahn tweeted. "Hot damn." His message was retweeted over and over again before Urbahn asked his followers to wait for the president's address before getting too excited.
Nine minutes later, Jill Jackson, CBS News' Capitol Hill producer, followed Urbahn's note with additional sourcing: "House Intelligence committee aide confirms that Osama Bin Laden is dead," she tweeted. "U.S. has the body." But a closer look at Jackson's tweets shows that her own organization, CBS, took another 16 minutes (a lifetime on Twitter) to report the death of the September 11 mastermind. (Jackson would go on to report, over Twitter, that Vice President Joe Biden called Eric Cantor just before the scheduled time for the press conference to alert him of the news.)