A Google Inc. marketing manager has gone missing in Cairo, where
violent protests against the ruling regime have embroiled Egypt's
capital for the past week.
Wael Ghonim's whereabouts have been unknown since last
Thursday evening. That's when Google says he was spotted in central
Google wants anyone with information about Ghonim to call a United Kingdom phone number: +44-20-7031-3008.
Ghonim oversees Google's marketing in the Middle East
and Africa from the company's Dubai office. He has been part of Google's
management team there since late 2008, according to information posted
on what appears to be Ghonim's account on professional networking site
LinkedIn. That page also says Ghonim graduated from Cairo University in
2004 with a bachelor's degree in computer engineering. In 2007, he got
his master's degree in marketing and finance from American University in
Cairo, according to that LinkedIn account.
A Facebook page under Ghonim's name proclaims his
admiration for Mohamed ElBaradei, who opposes the government of Egypt's
long-time president, Hosni Mubarak. The page also lists Microsoft Corp.
co-founder Bill Gates, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs and billionaire
investor Warren Buffett as Ghonim's other inspirations.
Egypt's government cut off Internet access last week in hopes of squelching mass protests and public dissent.
Before pulling the plug on the entire Internet, Egypt's government had been blocking Twitter's short-messaging service.
But Ghonim may have found a way to broadcast his views
by accessing Internet-connected computers outside of Egypt. In a Jan. 27
post on a Twitter account listed under his name, Ghonim told one of his
followers he was tweeting through proxy servers. In another post that
same day, Ghonim wrote, "Pray for (hash)Egypt. Very worried as it seems
that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are
all ready to die."
To help counter the Internet blackout, Google has set
up a voicemail system that posts written messages on Twitter accounts.
As of late Tuesday, the last post on the Twitter account under Ghonim's
name is dated Jan. 27, on the same day of his last sighting
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