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Wael Ghonim & Google

Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 | 3:35 PM ET
Cyberactivist Wael Ghonim speaks with the press at Cairo's Tahrir square after his release.
Khaled Desouki | AFP | Getty Images
Cyberactivist Wael Ghonim speaks with the press at Cairo's Tahrir square after his release.

Wael Ghonim has officially “taken a leave” from his position at Google according to Google spokesperson, Jennifer Bloch.

When “Revolution 2.0” began, Wael Ghonim was Google’s head of marking in the Middle East and North Africa. “Revolution 2.0” is the name Wael has given to the Egyptian revolution and how he refers to it in his postings on Twitter. As of February 13th, he was still being referred to as “Google’s regional marketing manager for the Middle East” in a “60 Minutes” report on CBS.

Reports have called Wael Ghonim the face of the revolution and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has called him a "hero".

There seems to be some confusion about Wael’s current connection to Google because the company has not put out a formal press release on the matter and Wael’s comments in an interview with CBS’s Katie Couric were not quite definitive. Google spokesperson, Jill Hazelbaker would not comment exactly on what date Wael's “leave” began. “Out of respect for our employee's privacy we wouldn't comment on dates of leave, etc.”, she says.

In the “60 Minutes” interview, Wael credits Google for his release from detention and says he would like to return to the company.

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