Friday, October 22, 2004

Google saved life

A very beautiful story about technology, human rights and terrorism revealed by BBC news: An Australian journalist kidnapped in Iraq was freed after his captors checked the popular internet search engine Google to confirm his identity. John Martinkus was seized in Baghdad last Saturday, the first Australian held hostage in Iraq since the US-led invasion. But his captors agreed to release him after they were convinced he was not working for the CIA or a US contractor. His executive producer at Australia's SBS network, Mike Carey, said Google probably saved freelance journalist Martinkus. They Googled him and then went onto a web site - either his own or his book publisher's web site, I don't know which one - and saw that he was who he was, and that was instrumental in letting him go, I think, or swinging their decision, he told AP news agency."


Blogger j e p p e said...

Incredible story.

October 23, 2004 at 12:38 PM  

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