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Google Exec Who Went Missing In Egypt Now A Spokesman For Opposition

     

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10:38 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Google Exec Who Went Missing In Egypt Now A Spokesman For Opposition Group

A Google executive who has gone missing in Egypt has been "symbolically" named the spokesman for an opposition group, in an attempt to free him from being held by Egyptian authorities, CBS News reports.

Wael Ghonim, Google's head of marketing for the middle east, flew into Egypt last week to participate in the demonstrations against the government. At some point he went missing, and one of his last tweets ominously read, "we are all ready to die."


[sfgate.com...]

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4:12 pm on Feb 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Report: Google executive Ghonim released in Egypt [reuters.com]
A Google Inc executive who had gone missing in Egypt was released on Monday and was on his way to Tahrir Square, the center of two weeks of anti-government demonstrations, Al Arabiya television reported.

The station did not give details, but Orascom Telecom Chairman Naguib Sawiris said on Sunday authorities promised him Wael Ghonim, Google's head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa, would be freed.