Maybe I am being over dramatic but I totally think it is a Twilight Zone moment. I found a cartoon based on the book on YouTube for you to see the story for yourselves.
I also found this 1974 news report of the the actual incident and a short statement of Philippe Petit. I love that his sentence was so hippie dippie groovy. If that happened today I bet he would be sued by the owners, the security company and the state.