Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia - The Washington Post


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The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia by accessing the company’s information on dissidents who use the platform, marking the first time federal prosecutors have publicly accused the kingdom of running agents in the United States.
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3 days ago by fpaulus
The case raises concerns about the ability of tech firms to protect users'€™ data from repressive governments.
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6 days ago by noiseguy
Wow. It's quite rare for the public to get a look into stuff like this.
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The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia by accessing the company’s information on dissidents who use the platform, marking the first time federal prosecutors have publicly accused the kingdom of running agents in the United States. Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics
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7 days ago by Agiza
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7 days ago by acdha
Ellen Nakashima and Greg Bensinger:
<p>The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia by accessing the company’s information on dissidents who use the platform, marking the first time federal prosecutors have publicly accused the kingdom of running agents in the United States.

One of those implicated in the scheme, according to court papers, is an associate of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who the CIA has concluded likely ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last year.

The case highlights the issue of foreign powers exploiting American social media platfoms to identify critics and suppress their voices. And it raises concerns about the ability of Silicon Valley to protect the private information of dissidents and other users from repressive governments.

<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/read-the-criminal-complaint-involving-former-twitter-employees/1e7768f8-36fd-4c66-8de0-3f94489673d6/?tid=lk_inline_manual_6">The charges</a>, unveiled Wednesday in San Francisco, came a day after the arrest of one of the former Twitter employees, Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen who is alleged to have spied on the accounts of three users — including one whose posts discussed the inner workings of the Saudi leadership — on behalf of the government in Riyadh.</p>


People getting access to inner workings is a classic method of espionage; the other is blackmail, so maybe Twitter (and Facebook...) could think about how they might discover that happening among their staff. The stakes are so high for nation states that a bit of light national destabilisation (or national boosting) goes with the territory.
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7 days ago by charlesarthur
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