A new report has revealed that at least one former Twitter employee has been accused of aiding a Saudi Arabian spy . It looks like this person faces possible jail time in the USA as well.
A former Twitter employee allegedly helped Saudi Arabia get information about critics, according to a Bloomberg report. Also, a jury in San Francisco found US resident Ahmad Abouammo guilty of serving as a Saudi Arabian agent. The jury also charged him with conspiracy to falsify records, launder money and commit electronic fraud. According to prosecutors, Abouammo took a bribe in 2015 from a key aide to Bader Al Asaker.
Abouammo Expected to Serve 10 to 20 Years in Prison
These bribes were taken in exchange for sensitive account information that could be used to monitor and silence dissidents. In other words, he leaked information to bury the protesters. The former media partnership executive said in his defense that he was simply doing his job, but the prosecution uncovered evidence that Abouammo received $300,000 and $ 20,000 worth of Hublot watches from his aide.
As of now, Abouammo faces around 10 to 20 years in prison . In the process, he and his legal team declined to comment on the matter . This case in particular highlights concerns about the potential of staff working on social media giant platforms. Despite companies like Twitter claiming that their employees have limited data access, these employees appear to have quite the power to potentially misuse their account information .