Monday, January 31, 2011

Google Executive, Wael Ghonim, Missing in Egypt (Update: possible video of him being grabbed and drug away)

Hmmm, ironic.[<----Jawa Report link]

By Nour Malas and Amir Efrati

An executive for Google Inc. is missing in the wake of Egypt’s tumultuous protests, according to his brother. Wael Ghonim, whose LinkedIn profile says he is head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa at Google, hasn’t been heard from since Friday at 6 p.m., his brother Hazem said. Hazem said the family is in touch with Google.

A Google spokesman said: “We care deeply about the safety of our employees.”

Wael Ghonim’s web postings suggest a deepening engagement with politics. His Facebook page lists opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei as a person he admires[...]

Later, he sent a tweet that said he was going to join the Egyptian protests despite “all the warnings I got from my relative and friends.”

Throw yourself into turmoil expect to get burnt. Yes, hope he is safe....but, everyone knows by now how I feel about politics at Google & YouTube.

Update: A twitter person linked to this screencap from a video that supposedly shows Ghonim being grabbed and led away [click to enlarge]:

Image is from this video:

Egypt Protest Cairo - Sky News from duncan sharp on Vimeo.

Look like same person to you?

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