By Max Clarke
Wael Ghonim, Google's head of marketing for the European, Middle Eastern and African markets, was yesterday released from captivity in Cairo following nearly two weeks of incarceration in the embattled capital.
He had joined the anti government protests in Tahrir square, keeping his 26,000 twitter followers informed of the developments. This publicity was the likely reason for his capture as the Egyptian government had attempted to control coverage of the events.
In the days before his reported capture on the 27th January, Mr. Ghonim had been tweeting with increasingly revolutionary rhetoric, including:
"To all Egyptians silence is a crime now! #Jan25" (3:18 PM Jan 26th via web);
"Heading to Tahrir square now. Sleeping on the streets of Cairo, trying to feel the pain of millions of my fellow Egyptians. #Jan25" (10:46 PM Jan 25th via web);
and finally, on the 27th, "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 (Thu Jan 27 2011 22:07:04 (GMT Standard Time) via Twitter for BlackBerry®).
His next tweet was posted yesterday, simply reading
"Freedom is a bless that deserves fighting for it. #Jan25" (about 16 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®)
When contacted for further details, a spokesperson for Google simply offered the following statement:
"It is a huge relief that Wael Ghonim has been released. We send our best wishes to him and his family."