Former Twitter employees have been charged by law enforcement of allegedly spying for Saudi Arabia. The suspects, Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo both took advantage of their Twitter access, to monitor other users for the Saudi Arabian government.
Abouammmo, who happens to be a citizen of the United States was spying on three Saudi leaders where he also revealed private info to the government.
Alzabarah on the hand, is a Saudi citizen who has been alleged to have collected personal info from over 6,000 accounts.
There’s also a third man, Ahmed Almutairi, who as been charged too but does not work for Twitter. Rather he serves as an intermediate between the Saudi government and the corrupt Twitter employees.
The trio are said to be working for one Saudi official who goes by the name Bader Al Asaker. Asaker is the one in charge of a charity owned by Crowned prince Mohammad bin Salman.
Asaker offered to pay Abouammmo a whooping sum of $300,00 alongside a $20,000 Hublot wach. While Alzabarah became the director of bin Salman’s private office.
According to Twitter, sensitive info was limited to a group of trained and vetted employees, and amongst that group Abouammmo is the only one present in the United States.
Alzabarah and Almutairi are said to be in Saudi Arabia, and luckily for them the country does not have any extradition treaty with the U.S.