CAIRO, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Google's head of marketing in the Middle East and North Africa has been missing in Egypt since last week, his friends said Monday.
The Qatar news network al-Jazeera reported on its English Web site it had been in touch with friends of Wael Ghonim who said the marketing executive had been missing "since last week."
"His wife is appealing for any information on his whereabouts," the al-Jazeera blog said. "Ghonim was guest speaker at the al-Jazeera Forum for Online Journalism & Freedom of Opinion earlier this month."
On his Facebook page, Ghonim allegedly expresses admiration for Egyptian opposition figure Mohammed ElBaradei, a leader in the protests against the Mubarak government, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Ghonim's Twitter account shows messages indicating his intention to participate in the Egyptian street protests: "Despite all the warnings I got from my relative and friends, I'll be there on #Jan25 protests. Anyone going to be in Gam'et Dewal protest?"
The last message, the Times said, was a tweet sent Thursday responding to a message sent asking: "@Ghonim how can you tweet when it's blocked??"
Ghonim's response: "@SweetOwl proxy servers."
Google declined to confirm if Ghonim was missing but a spokeswoman e-mailed, "We care deeply about the safety of our employees, but to protect their privacy, we don't comment on the individually."