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Egypt: Blogger Sandmonkey arrested by State Security UPDATED

posted at 9:16 am on February 3, 2011 by

He was beaten and released, according to Jane Novak’s sources.

At twitter, forsoothsayer,

@Sandmonkey’s been released, he’s on his way home. His car has been destroyed and he and friends were beaten. #egypt #jan25 35 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

More details to come.

Earlier post

Jane Novak reports,

Doesn’t Mubarek have enough problems? Does he really want to piss off the entire US blogosphere? Sandmonkey is a well known, self-described, “Micro-celebrity, Blogger, activist, New Media douchebag, Pain in the ass!” He was arrested en route to Tahrir square with medical supplies, friends and family report: “I just called @SandMonkey ’s phone and a man answered and he asked me who I am, I said where is monkey, he said your c*nt friend is arrested.”

Jane and Brian Ledbetter post Sandmonkey’s last post.

His account remains suspended, his whereabouts unknown. Read his last post at the links above.

Cross-posted at Fausta’s blog

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I remember another Egyptian blogger arrested and sentenced to prison a few years ago. The reality was that nothing could be done about it.

Blake on February 3, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Happy to hear that he was released.

Blake on February 3, 2011 at 9:54 AM

thanks for the report, Fausta.

audiculous on February 3, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Egyptian regime continues to think it’s the 20th Century, not the 21st.

rbj on February 3, 2011 at 10:08 AM

So what’s the big deal with Sand monkey….seems everyone has adopted this unknown blogger as a pet….he/she is probably a code pinker or evn more likely a member of the MB.

el Vaquero on February 3, 2011 at 2:57 PM

he’s obviously a member of the muslim brotherhood. isn’t that super that he’s been so swiftly dealt with by our hero, mubarak?

sesquipedalian on February 3, 2011 at 5:16 PM

I’m waiting for the massacres to start. By either side.
I don’t have much faith in humankind and it seems to me that Muslim Brotherhood, the government and whomever else is protesting are on the precipice of an insane amount of violence.

mjk on February 3, 2011 at 9:18 PM

sesquipedalian aka long winded…you did not answer my question, who is this Sand Monkey, the blogger pet of da day? Today after the big mosque let out the MB tools, we will likely see an epic battle on da streets of denile. Maybe Sand Monkey will be back and blogging from Southern California by then.

el Vaquero on February 4, 2011 at 2:49 AM

el Vaquero on February 4, 2011 at 2:49 AM

Sandmonkey is a pro-democracy pro-western pro-freedom and pro-capitalism Egyptian blogger. He’s been blogging for several YEARS now and is reasonably well known in Conservative circles here in the US.

And really, how hard is it to Google this stuff? Lazy.

wearyman on February 4, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Anyone clicking on the link above should note that the link is a direct link to the suspension page, as such if your waiting for that page to be “unsuspended” is never will. as of right now the website appears to be working fine

the_ancient on February 6, 2011 at 9:48 AM