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A popular jury in San Francisco (California, USA) found guilty on Tuesday a former employee of the social network Twitter of

spying for the Government of Saudi Arabia between 2013 and 2015


According to court documents,

Ahmad Abouammo, 44

, of Egyptian origin and resident in the United States, was found guilty of acting as an agent for the Saudi country, money laundering, conspiracy to commit fraud and document falsification.

The accumulation of these four crimes could lead to

between 10 and 20 years in prison


During his time on Twitter, Abouammo took private data from users critical of the Saudi regime -many of whom used pseudonyms to achieve anonymity- and shared them with the government of that country

in exchange for money


During his time as an employee at the social network, Abouammo was responsible for

striking deals with influential users

in the Middle East and Africa.

In addition, he shared with the Saudi government information about the

emails and phone numbers of

those critical of the government.

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