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2 Former Twitter Employees Accused of Spying in Saudi Arabia: NPR



Two former employees of Twitter are accused of spying on Saudi Arabia by accessing information in private accounts.

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Two former employees of Twitter are accused of spying on Saudi Arabia by accessing information in private accounts.

Mike Blake / Reuters

Two former employees of Twitter were accused of spying on Saudi Arabia by searching thousands of private accounts for personal information about critics of the Riyadh government.

The case is the first According to the New York Times (19459025), US citizen Ahmad Abouammo was a media partnership manager on Twitter who was granted no access to Twitter users' private information. He had done exactly what he received payments of up to US $ 300,000 from a Saudi source, which was identified in the complaint only as a "foreign official 1". Abouammo also received a Hublot watch worth about $ 20,000.

Last year, Abouammo was interviewed in his home by the FBI about the clock and payments received. According to the complaint, during the interview he made a false bill on his home computer to try to justify the payments as compensation for the media consultation.

Abouammo is accused of having acted as a foreign agent and falsified records to obstruct a federal investigation.