Freed Google executive helped spark Egypt revolt

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 8, 2011 08:42




CAIRO — The young Google Inc. executive detained by Egyptian authorities for 12 days on Monday said he was behind the Facebook page that helped spark what he called "the revolution of the youth of the Internet."

Wael Ghonim, a marketing manager for the Internet company, wept throughout an emotional television interview just hours after he was freed on Monday. He described how he spent his entire time in detention blindfolded while his worried parents didn't know where he was. He insisted he had not been tortured and said his interrogators treated him with respect.

"This is the revolution of the youth of the Internet and now the revolution of all Egyptians," he said, adding that he was taken aback when the security forces holding him branded him a traitor.

A US-based human rights group said nearly 300 people have died in two weeks of clashes.


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