Former Twitter employee Ahmad Abouammo was convicted and sentenced to 42 months in federal prison for his role in accessing, monitoring and conveying information not meant to be shared that could help identify and locate Twitter users of interest to the Saudi Royal Family, according to a Department of Justice release. In addition to his sentence, Abouammo will spend three years under supervision following his release from prison; he must also forfeit $242,000, matching the value of a watch and cash received by Abouammo as bribes, and surrender on March 31, 2023, to begin serving his prison sentence.
“Mr. Abouammo violated the trust placed on him to protect the privacy of individuals by giving their personal information to a foreign power for profit. His conduct was made all the more egregious by the fact that the information was intended to target political dissidents speaking out against that foreign power,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “We are committed to holding accountable those who act unlawfully as unregistered foreign agents and advance hidden influence campaigns on behalf of foreign regimes.”