The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia in a case that raises concerns about the ability of Silicon Valley to protect the private information of dissidents and other users from repressive governments.
The charges, unveiled Wednesday in San Francisco, came a day after the arrest of one of the former Twitter employees, Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. 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.
Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen
Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi citizen
audi citizen Ahmed Almutairi
Alzabarah and Almutairi are believed to be in Saudi Arabia