February 7, 2011

Senior Google Executive In Egypt Has Been Released

A senior U.S. official said on Monday that the U.S. State Department has been informed by a relative of Google executive Wael Ghonim that he has been released in Egypt.

The official had not more details to add on Ghonim, who is Google's head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa. 

"We have indeed received confirmation of his release," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told The Wall Street Journal.

Ghonim had not been seen since January 27 as anti-government protests began taking their toll on Egypt.

He is the marketing manager for the region and a father of two and has helped run social-networking sites critical of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's government.  These sites became a rallying symbol for the demonstrators demanding the resignation of the long-time president.

According to the Journal, Ghonim's brother said on Sunday that members of the group who met with Mubarak's vice president brokered his release.


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