The 32-year-old Saudi woman who was detained last Monday after boldly posting a YouTube video that featured her in the driver's seat has been released today, according to a Saudi activist. He credited "pressure from inside and outside" Saudi Arabia as the reason for Manal al-Sharif's release—she had originally been ordered to remain in custody until at least early June. Saudi officials did not explain the reason for the early release, but the AP notes that al-Sharif reportedly signed an agreement that stated she would not to attempt to drive again or speak to reporters.
Al-Sharif's Facebook page, called "Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself," was removed after more than 12,000 people indicated their support. The campaign's Twitter account also was blocked. Hundreds of other sites have sprouted to support her and the protest call. (Read more Manal al-Sharif stories.)