In an unprecedented move the crack troops at Google infiltrated a group of terrorists in Iraq and set free Australian Hostage John Martinkus. Martinkus, a journalist, was accused by the hostage takers of being a CIA agent.
After watching the new film Team America, a group of Software Engineers cleaned off their glasses, strapped on their flak jackets and boarded a plane to save the hostage. Bursting into the terrorists hideout, by way of telecommunications, they freed the hostage without taking any casualties. Here's the take from our reporter at the BBC:
John Martinkus was seized in Baghdad on 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
"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.
Martinkus told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that he was snatched at gunpoint from outside a hotel close to Australia's embassy in Baghdad by Sunni Muslims, and that they had threatened to kill him.
His executive producer at Australia's SBS network, Mike Carey, said Google probably saved freelance journalist Martinkus.
Probably? Where's the love?
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