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Former Twitter Employee Convicted of Spying for Saudi Arabia

  • Prosecutors said Ahmad Abouammo was bribed by top aide to MBS
  • ‘This case is the best they could come up with?’ defense asked
Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. 

Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. 

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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A former Twitter Inc. employee was convicted of spying for Saudi Arabia by turning over personal information of platform users who’d used anonymous handles to criticize the Kingdom and its royal family.

Ahmad Abouammo, a US resident born in Egypt, was found guilty by a jury Tuesday of charges including acting as an agent for Saudi Arabia, money laundering, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and falsifying records, following a two-week trial in San Francisco federal court. He faces 10 to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced.