The former manager of Twitter Inc, who has been charged with spying for Saudi Arabia, yesterday acted as a state agent and tried to disguise a payment from an official with ties to the Saudi royal family. Convicted on six counts. Reuters report.
Ahmad Abouammo, a dual U.S.-Lebanese citizen who helped oversee relations with journalists and celebrities in the Middle East and North Africa on Twitter, was found guilty after a two-and-a-half-week trial in San Francisco federal court. received.
A jury acquitted him on five of the 11 counts he faced.
Federal public defenders representing Abouammo did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Twitter declined to comment.
Prosecutors suspect that Badel Al-Asaker, an aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, hired Abuanmo to use insider knowledge to access his Twitter account and reveal personal information about Saudi dissidents. said to have dug up the
Accounts allegedly included @musitahida pseudonym for the political agitator who amassed millions of Twitter followers during the Arab Spring uprising Blame Corruption and other wrongdoings of the Saudi royal family.
Prosecutors said Abouammo received at least $300,000 and $20,000 of luxury watches from Al-Asaker, deposited the money in the accounts of relatives in Lebanon and hid it by wire transfer to his own account in the United States.
Defense attorneys argued that the work Abouammo did on Twitter was simply part of his work.
Abouammo was also found guilty of wire fraud and good faith service fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.
San Francisco U.S. Attorney Stephanie Hines said in a statement, “The government has proven that Abuanmo violated a sacred trust to protect the personal information of Twitter customers and sold their customers’ personal information to foreign governments. The jury confirmed,” he said.
Abouammo’s former colleague Ali Alzabarah, accused of accessing Twitter accounts on behalf of Saudi Arabia, also left the United States before being charged. Saudi Crown Prince Al Asaker and Twitter are not among the defendants.
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