GUILTY: Convicted of Spying

( – Adding to social media’s reputation for violating users’ privacy, a man who worked for Twitter has been convicted of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

As the Daily Caller lays out in “Twitter Employee Found Guilty Of Spying For Saudi Arabia“:

“Former Twitter employee Ahmad Abouammo was found guilty Tuesday of spying and money laundering on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government.”

More specifically:

“The Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted Abouammo, alongside two others, on July 28, 2020, for using his position at Twitter to acquire information about Twitter users, which he then passed on to the Saudi Royal Family in exchange for gifts ranging from a $20,000 watch to $100,000 wire transfers, the indictment states. The jury found Abouammo guilty of acting as an unregistered agent of the Saudi government but excused him from the charges he shared with co-worker Ali Alzabarah, who is charged with continuing the scheme after Abouammo left Twitter in May 2015, Courthouse News reported Tuesday.”

Additionally, the WSJ reported, “Abuoammo’s job with Twitter was to manage media for high-profile users in the Middle East and North Africa. Abouammo was found guilty of money laundering, wire fraud, and the falsification of records in addition to the charge of acting as an unregistered foreign agent, the WSJ reported.”

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