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Former Twitter employee convicted on Saudi spying charges

Ahmad Abouammo
In 2019, Ahmad Abouammo was accused of accessing sensitive Twitter data about users, email addresses, phone numbers, and IP addresses. Reuters

Former Twitter employee accused of failing to register as Saudi agent Arabia and other accusations after accessing personal data of users critical of the royal government in convicted espionage cases ranging from Silicon Valley to the Middle East.

Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen and manager of Twitter's former media partnership in the Middle East region,acted as an agent in Saudi Arabia in 2019 without being registered with the US government. was indicted as A jury found him guilty of six charges, including wire fraud and conspiracy to launder money. A jury acquitted him of five of his other charges involving wire fraud.

The case saw a kingdom long linked to the United States through its vast oil reserves and regional security agreements being accused of spying in the United States.

In a 2019 FBI complaint, Abouammo and Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi Arabian citizen who worked at Twitter as an engineer, used their positions to divulge users, email addresses, , phone numbers, and IP addresses. of which is used to determine the user's location.

His third man named in the complaint, his Ahmed Al-Mutairi, a Saudi citizen, is said to have worked with the Saudi royal family as an intermediary.

The U.S. complaint alleges that his data was accessed by users of more than 6,000 Twitter accounts, including at least 33 usernames for whom Saudi law enforcement submitted emergency disclosure requests to Twitter. there is Abouammo said he was arrested in November 2019 and released on bail. he had pleaded not guilty. The FBI still has Al-Mutairi and Al-Zabala on its wanted list.

Abouammo's attorney and his Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.