Jury finds former Twitter employee guilty of spying for Saudi Arabia: report

On Tuesday, a federal jury found former Twitter employee Ahmad Abouammo guilty of spying in Saudi Arabia, using his access to the social media company to inform critics in the country.

According to Bloomberg, Abouammo was found guilty of unregistered foreign agent, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering and record falsification.

The verdict came after a two-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He is expected to face 10 to 20 years in prison.

According to prosecutors, Abu Amo worked as a Twitter media partners manager in the Middle East and North Africa from 2013 to 2015, handing over private information of Twitter users to the Saudi government in exchange for gifts and payments.

This information includes phone numbers, device identifiers, and details about relationships.

According to Bloomberg, the government showed the jury evidence that Abu Amo took a Hublot watch and $300,000 from an aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

The Justice Department first charged Abouammo in 2019 with failing to register as a foreign agent and obstructing justice. The government released new indictments in 2020, charging him with more crimes, including wire fraud and money laundering.

Abouammo was found guilty of his conduct with another former Twitter employee, according to Court News.

Twitter declined to comment on Tuesday’s verdict.

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