Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said that the company is 'very proud' of Google executive Wael Ghonim, who is being hailed as one of the key revolutionaries behind the Egyptian protests that led to the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak.
His comments came when he was asked about the role of technology in political protests after his keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
This is the first time that a top level Google executive had acknowledged Ghonim's heroic contributions to the Egyptian protests.
Ghonim was responsible for spreading the word about the protests via Facebook and other social networking platforms and coordinating online with other protest groups. He was arrested by the Egyptian police after they discovered his role in the upheaval.
His arrest further angered the protesters who refused to leave the city square until Ghonim was released. Following severe international and internal pressure the Hosni government was forced to release the Google executive who then received a hero's welcome.
Although CEO Schmidt has now come out in praise of Ghonim, the initial response from the Google hierarchy was rather muted. Some critics suggested they were seeking to gain from positive PR following the successful revolution.