It’s a company’s worst nightmare: A prominent employee held captive by rioters, cut off from any human contact, as an entire nation descends into turmoil.

On Jan. 28, as the tension mounted across Egypt, Google Inc. marketing executive Wael Ghonim went missing. It was widely reported that one of Ghonim’s last tweets before he vanished was: “Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow. We are all ready to die #Jan25.”

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