Awwww, GOOGLE executive arrested in Egypt riots

A GOOGLE executive, Wael Ghonim, who appears to have gone missing in Egypt has been ‘symbolically’ named the spokesman for an opposition group, in an attempt to free him from being held by Egyptian authorities.

LA TIMES –Wael Ghonim, Google’s head of marketing for the middle east, flew into Egypt last week to participate in the demonstrations against the government. At some point he went missing, and one of his last tweets ominously read, “we are all ready to die.” (Buh Bye!)

Al Jazeera has posted footage on its website that purportedly shows Egyptian plainclothes officers dragging Google executive Wael Ghonim away to detention. The Egyptian government will not comment on whether it has Ghonim or not, but many suspect he is being held.

The video, posted on shows a group of four men following a crowd of young men on the street, then grabbing one who resembles Ghonim, holding his arms, turning him around and hauling him off down the street in the opposite direction.

“We can’t verify if the man being dragged off, in plain daylight, is Ghonim,” Al Jazeera staff noted in the Saturday Web post. “But the fact that it happened before a crowd of people who noticed — but could not or would not intervene — says much about the situation in Egypt.”