Ex-Twitter Employee Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison for Serving as a SPY for Saudi Arabia – zoohousenews.com

Ex-Twitter Employee Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison for Serving as a SPY for Saudi Arabia – zoohousenews.com

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Ex-Twitter Employee Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison for Serving as a SPY for Saudi Arabia – zoohousenews.com

(Natural News) Justice Department officials announced Thursday, December 15, that a former Twitter employee convicted of spying for Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

The former Twitter employee in question is Ahmad Abouammo. A federal jury in San Francisco found him guilty in August on criminal charges including fraud, money laundering and illegal agent of a foreign government. (Related: Latest ‘Twitter Files’ Drop Proves Twitter Has SECRET BLACKLISTS of Celebrity Conservatives.)

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence to the court that Abouammo had sold Twitter user information to Saudi officials seven years earlier in exchange for cash and an expensive watch.

“The case has shown that foreign governments, here, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will bribe insiders to obtain the user information collected and stored by our Silicon Valley social media companies,” U.S. Attorney Stephanie said Hinds in a statement. “This phrase sends a message to insiders with access to user information to protect them, especially from oppressive regimes or risk significant time in prison.”

Hinds and other prosecutors originally wanted the court to sentence Abouammo to more than seven years in prison. They wanted the ruling to be strong enough “to deter others in the tech and social media industries from selling vulnerable users’ data.” The maximum sentence for all charges could have seen Abouammo decades in prison.

Abouammo helped Saudi officials identify and locate Twitter users

While Abouammo was an employee of Twitter, he oversaw the company’s relationships with journalists, celebrities and other notable figures across the Middle East and North Africa.

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He used his position to leak confidential information from the company’s systems to help Saudi Arabian officials identify and locate interesting Twitter users, potentially exposing them to prosecution.

In addition, prosecutors were able to show that Abouammo had received around $100,000 in cash and a watch worth more than $40,000 from someone close to Saudi de facto ruler and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Abouammo and his lawyers admitted receiving money and luxury goods from Saudi citizens. But his defense team argued they were nothing more than gifts from wealthy, spendy Saudis wanting to show their appreciation.

Defense attorney Angela Chuang, who is part of Abouammo’s legal team, said the gift and money for the Saudis, who she claimed are culturally known for their propensity for generosity and for leaving lavish gifts, was nothing more than ” pocket money”.

Chuang went on to admit that the Saudi government certainly appears to have a conspiracy to obtain revealing information about the kingdom’s critics from Twitter, but claimed prosecutors could not conclusively prove Abouammo was part of the plan.

Chuang and Abouammo’s other attorneys asked US District Court Judge Edward Chen for a suspended sentence at his Seattle home without jail time, citing Abouammo’s ongoing health concerns, lack of convictions and other family issues.

The jury found Abouammo guilty on six of the 11 charges against him. Chen said in announcing his sentence that “disclosing information about dissidents is a serious offense” and ordered him to forfeit the value of the bribes he received. Abouammo is scheduled to begin his sentence at the end of March 2023.

Find out more about spies and espionage missions at SpyGateNews.com.

Watch this clip from Newsmax discussing how new Twitter owner Elon Musk disbanded Twitter’s censorship committee known as the “Trust and Safety Council.”

This video is from the News Clips channel on Brighteon.com.

More related stories:

The latest release of Twitter files highlights the mechanics of scrutiny of platform information featuring former US intelligence officials.

Democrats want legislation on pre-criminal espionage on social media – they want to analyze your Facebook and Twitter activity to see if you are a POTENTIAL mass shooter.

The Atlas of Surveillance database reveals THOUSANDS of law enforcement agencies unlawfully surveilling Americans.

Google sued for automatically installing COVID “spyware” on a million phones in Massachusetts.

Class action lawsuit filed against Apple for unauthorized data collection.

Sources include:

News.Yahoo.com

Reuters.com

Brighteon.com

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