Google’s Wael Ghonim To Be Released at 4PM Monday

We’ve been following this story since it broke.  Google’s Marketing Manager for Egypt and North Africa, Wael Ghonim, went missing last week in Cairo when protesting began against the current government.

It’s now been reported that Ghonim has been captured and according to state run Nile TV, Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, called to tell them that Ghonim would be released at 4pm tomorrow local time. A prominent Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris told another channel that he has been assured by Egyptian Vice President, Omar Suleiman that Ghonim would be released.

It is unclear at this time how involved Ghonim truly was with the opposition to Hosni Mubarak’s regime. The New York Times has reported that Ghonim may have been the anonymous person who set up a Facebook account which was thought to have sparked some of the protesting. The New York Times is calling Ghonim one of the leaders of “the young internet activists who started the revolt”.

In the days leading up to his disappearance 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,”

We are hopeful that the Egyptian government will fulfill their promise and set Ghonim free.

Source: LA Times

Thanks for the tip @myartistichome

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