Google marketing executive Wael Ghonim has been released after 10 days of confinement in Egypt for his involvement in ongoing protests there.
Ghonim has yet to speak to the press about his detainment, during which his family reportedly received terrorizing midnight phone calls saying Ghonim was being "taught a lesson."
On his Twitter account, Ghonim wrote upon his release that "Freedom is a bless that deserves fighting for it."
Ghonim credited his release to Dr. Hosam Badrawy, the newly named head of the ruling National Democratic Party in Egypt.
"Gave my 2 cents to Dr. Hosam Badrawy. who was reason why I am out today," Ghonim wrote on Twitter. "Asked him resign cause that's the only way I'll respect him #Jan 25."
Google also confirmed his release. "It is a huge relief that Wael Ghonim has been released," said a spokesperson via e-mail. "We send our best wishes to him and his family."
Ghonim, Google's head of marketing for North Africa and the Middle East, was the highest profile detainee among the journalists and protesters who have been detained in Egypt. He had thrown himself into the growing uprising there, regularly updating his Twitter account on his experiences, which were clearly moving him.
On Jan. 25, the day when major protests exploded, he mentions being with hundreds who were beaten by police. He marched to Tahrir square chanting, "Bread, freedom, dignity," and said he saw the crowd grow from 10,000 to 30,000 people. In another post he wrote, "Sleeping on the streets of Cairo, trying to feel the pain of millions of my fellow Egyptians."
He calls the people in Tahrir square on Jan. 25 "the Internet generation in #Egypte" said the event proved that, "Revolution can be a #Facebook event that is liked, shared & tweeted."
His disappearance on Jan. 28 had his readers on the edge with his ominous last Twitter post: "Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die #Jan25."
Though his whereabouts were unknown, he had been named the spokesperson of an Egyptian youth movement group called the "6th of April," in order to press Egyptian authorities for his release. The group's leaders reportedly said that if government leaders "want to talk to us, talk to Ghonim."