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Former Twitter manager jailed in US for spying for Saudi Arabia

A former manager of microblogging site Twitter has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in the US after being found guilty of spying for Saudi Arabia. After a trial in a San Francisco court, a jury found the man guilty of espionage by accepting bribes from Saudi officials.

The case began nearly eight years ago when Ahmad Abouammo accepted bribes from Saudi Arabian officials to help them collude with journalists and celebrities in the Middle East and Africa. They Twitter sensitive information to Saudi Arabian authorities so that they could reach interested Twitter users. The lawyers representing Abouammo have not commented on this. Twitter has also not said anything on this matter. Billionaire Elon Musk has recently taken over Twitter. Since then he has been making major changes in the company. Musk Has started efforts to remove bots and spam accounts from Twitter. Users have been continuously complaining about spam on Twitter.

Prosecutors told the court that Bader Al Asaker, an adviser to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, hired Abouammo to gain access to certain Twitter accounts and information on Saudi rebels. These accounts also included the handle @mujtahidd, which has been accused of corruption and other allegations against the Saudi royal family. This handle had lakhs of followers. Prosecutors said Abouammo was given about $300,000 in addition to a luxury watch worth about $20,000.

Abouammo transferred this amount to his account in the US after depositing it in the account of a relative in Lebanon. However, his lawyers argued that what he did on Twitter was part of his job. Abouammo pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. Even before this, there have been some allegations of spying on Saudi Arabia. However, in most of these, the accused were shunned due to lack of strong evidence.

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