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An Australian journalist kidnapped in Iraq was freed after his captors checked the popular internet search engine Google to confirm his identity.
... His executive producer at Australia's SBS network, Mike Carey, said Google probably saved freelance journalist Martinkus.
"They Googled him and then went onto a web site - either his own or his book publisher's web site, I don't know which one - and saw that he was who he was, and that was instrumental in letting him go, I think, or swinging their decision," he told AP news agency.
I remember sometime back a 10 year old case of a missing person was solved after the inspector used Google to find out what happened to that person.
Seems he was hit and run.
You should also check out the feedback section in Google you will find lots of other lives that were probably saved by Google.
E.g. "I know what you need - you need a good googling!"
Good thing his last name wasn't Viagra.
I'm suprised the top twenty results for the jounalist's name weren't viagra spam pages. Then again, maybe they were and they let him go cause he promised them a discount ...
Good google good. Glad the site with his info wasn't sandboxed.
Heh! Sandboxed ... in Iraq ... (was the pun unintended?)
"But his captors agreed to release him after they were convinced he was not working for the CIA or a US contractor."- After checking Google? I'm sorry, but if that was the intelligence report they used to make decisions they don't stand a chance. I wonder if that is how Tony Blair made his decision?
Tony: Cherie! Type in "saddam's weapons of mass destruction" will you?
Cherie: It says 2,398,387 results Tony!
Tony: Right, that's it, we're going to war!
Perhaps those angels at the 'plex saw "Is John Martinkus a US Contractor or CIA if So he's gonna die. Oh yea and Paris hilton video".
and miraculously they did an instant intervention (I can't believe someone bought and published that rubish about the suicide intervention).
And how after saying that BTW can they say "we do not manually alter serps"?