Family and friends of Google executive Wael Ghonim say he is missing in Egypt. Ghnoim, the head of marketing for Google in the Middle East and North Africa, traveled to Cairo last month to speak at the Al Jazeera Forum for Online Journalist and Freedom of Opinion. His family has not heard from him since last Friday.
Since the anti-government protests broke out last Tuesday, Ghnoim, who went to college in Cairo, has posted a series of Tweets indicating he is taking part in the demonstrations. “Despite all the warnings I got from my relative and friends, I'll be there on #Jan25 protests. Anyone going to be in Gam'et Dewal protest?” he wrote on January 24.
“Heading to Tahrir square now. Sleeping on the streets of Cairo, trying to feel the pain of millions of my fellow Egyptians. #Jan25,” Ghonim wrote the following day.
Google has confirmed Ghonim is an employee, but refused to confirm he is missing. "We take the security of our employees very seriously, so I'm sure you'll understand that we can't comment on individual employees,” Google said.
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