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CIA ‘live tweets’ on Laden’s fifth anniversary raid draws flak, called embarrassing

Couple of Islamist protesters hold up a poster with a picture of Osama bin Laden during a protest march at the main entrance of the state security headquarters in Cairo

London :The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been criticised online for live tweeting the killing of Osama Bin Laden on it’s fifth anniversary.

The Guradian reports the act to be distasteful ‘victory lap’ and a PR exercise.

Osama bin Laden was killed on 2 May 2011 after a raid on his compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan by United States Navy Seal commandos.

It has shared details of the mission and intelligence that led to America’s most wanted man being found.

The series of tweets complete with diagrams of the compound that the al-Qaida leader was killed in marked five years since “Operation Neptune Spear”.

“To mark the 5th anniversary of the Usama Bin Ladin operation in Abbottabad we will tweet the raid as if it were happening today.#UBLRaid” tweeted CIA.

But reaction has been largely negative, with one Twitter user calling the move “grotesque and embarrassing”.

The tweet announcing the death of “Osama Bin Ladin” had been retweeted 2,400 times and favourited 1,700 times at time of writing.

The series concluded with praise of the ‘daring team effort’ linking to a ‘featured story’ wrap and a more detailed timeline on the CIA’s website.

Others posted memes and gifs of people rolling their eyes and putting their heads in their hands.

The CIA’s other tweets mostly concern historical trivia and artefacts.

Speaking on the fifth anniversary of his death, CIA director John Brennan said the United States had destroyed a large part of al-Qaeda.

However, not everyone is convinced by the CIA’s official account of the Bin Laden operation.

Seymour Hersh, the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist renowned for breaking the My Lai and Abu Ghraib storie , said that the claim that Bin Laden was tracked down by painstaking surveillance is a fiction constructed by the Obama administration.(ANI)

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