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Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia
The Hill ^ | 11 06 2019 | Marty Johnson

Posted on 11/06/2019 3:05:43 PM PST by yesthatjallen

The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia, The Washington Post reports.

U.S. citizen Ahmad Abouammo on Tuesday was arrested for allegedly spying on the accounts of three users on behalf of the kingdom.

Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi citizen, was charged on Wednesday with accessing the personal information of more than 6,000 Twitter accounts in 2015 on behalf of Riyadh.

One of the accounts Alzabarah allegedly hacked belonged to Omar Abdulaziz, a known critic of Saudi Arabia, who later became friends with Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post columnist that was killed by the Saudi government last year.

Ahmed Almutairi, another Saudi citizen, who allegedly acted as middleman between Saudi officials and the two former employees, was also charged with spying.

Alzabarah and Almutairi are both believed to be in Saudi Arabia.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: saudiarabia; twitter

1 posted on 11/06/2019 3:05:43 PM PST by yesthatjallen
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