Wael Ghonim, Google’s executive in Egypt and one of the leaders of the uprising, has been missing for a ten days. now Al Arabiya television says he’s been set free.
Ten days ago, just as things were getting hot in Egypt, Wael Ghonim tweeted, “Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die #Jan25“. That was the last communications heard from the Google (GOOG) executive.
Mr. Ghonim’s social-media savvy helped spark the massive demonstrations threatening MuBarak’s ruling regime.
The WSJ reports that Ghonim has seen this day coming for awhile:
The Egyptian protests are a new breed of social unrest with communications fueled by social media sites like Google’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Iran’s protests last year were fueled by Twitter. So much so that the US State department asked Twitter not to shut down for routine maintenance during the revolt.
Egyptian protesters charging their cellphones on the streets. Are these the 21st century weapons?
For Google, they just want to see their employee released back to his family safely.