Former Twitter manager Ahmad Abouammo will be spending 3.5 years in jail after he was convicted of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
According to U.S. prosecutors, Abouammo shared user information with Saudi Arabia in exchange for a $42,000 watch and multiple $100,000 wire transfers. He was charged for spying and money laundering for the Saudi Arabian government.
Ahmad Abouammo faced a 10-year prison sentence on one count and 20-year sentences each on other charges.
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The max sentencing was up to “decades” in prison, but prosecutors were pushing for seven years to “deter others in the technology and social media industry from selling out the data of vulnerable users,” according to Reuters. Abouammo’s attorneys requested a probationary sentence at his home in Seattle with no prison time.
During the August trial, prosecutor Eric Cheng said “they paid for a mole” during his closing argument, noting that Abouammo was paid in bribes three times his salary. “We all know that kind of money is not for nothing,” he said.
Abuoammo managed media for high-profile users in the Middle East and North Africa for Twitter. Abuoammo was arrested in 2019 in Seattle, but was set free on bail until the trial in San Francisco.
Abuoammo’s attorneys noted that he was dealing with financial trouble while at Twitter, saying that he had been “struggling to pay for and deal with serious upheavals in his sister’s life,” which included medical care for her newborn daughter, according to Reuters.
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