Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. charges (NBC News)

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    Edit: This is a duplicate of an earlier thread, please make any replies to that, over here: https://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/saudis-recruited-twitter-workers-to-spy-on-critics-of-saudi-regime-u-s-charges/

    https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/saudis-recruited-twitter-workers-spy-critics-saudi-regime-u-s-n1077881

    Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. charges
    A criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi officials to recruit employees at the social media giant.

    Nov. 6, 2019, 6:00 PM EST / Updated Nov. 6, 2019, 8:13 PM EST
    By Andrew Blankstein and Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors in San Francisco charged two former Twitter employees and a Saudi national with a plot to provide the Saudi government with information about Twitter users, including critics of the Saudi government.

    The arrests are the result of a multi-year investigation led by the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office.

    The complaint unsealed Wednesday detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of thousands of Twitter accounts.

    Ali Alzabarah, 35, of Saudi Arabia, and Ahmad Abouammo, 41, of Seattle were Twitter employees. According to the complaint, between November 2014 and May 2015, Ahmed Almutairi, 30, of Saudi Arabia, and Saudi officials convinced the two men to use their employee credentials to access nonpublic information about the individuals behind certain Twitter accounts.

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    Presumably NBC hasn’t joined with Tulsi Gabbard, and 9/11 first responder John Feal, who partnered with Jon Stewart as the leading advocate for 9/11 victim health benefits, in promulgating conspiracy theories regarding Saudi Arabia.

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      the wine moms are really upset at this

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    Thanks for posting. I also posted the same story but it is important. Who knows what else they have planned for critics. We already know what they did to Khasoggi.

    Tulsi Gabbard - "Not only are they saying that about me, they are basically sending this message out to every veteran in this country, every service member, every American, anyone watching at home fighting for peace and who was calling for an end to these regime change wars ... they are saying that you are also a Russian asset, that you are also a traitor to this country,"

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      Darn it, I need to be more careful when I scan for earlier posts. Sorry! I’ll do what I can to adjust for that.

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        Don’t worry about it.

        I’m fine with people commenting on either thread. As long as the story gets out is fine by me.

        Tulsi Gabbard - "Not only are they saying that about me, they are basically sending this message out to every veteran in this country, every service member, every American, anyone watching at home fighting for peace and who was calling for an end to these regime change wars ... they are saying that you are also a Russian asset, that you are also a traitor to this country,"

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      tend to fall apart under questioning, no?

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    This is a duplicate of an earlier thread, please make any replies to that, over here: https://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/saudis-recruited-twitter-workers-to-spy-on-critics-of-saudi-regime-u-s-charges/

    https://www.tulsi2020.com/

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    The other has only one comment, this many, so better continue here.

    Conservative Activists Rebel Against Fox News: Saudi Ownership Is ‘Really Dangerous For America’

    In 2001 and 2002, Al-Waleed increased his stake in AOL Time Warner by another $540 million.<sup id=”cite_ref-Khan_1-15″ class=”reference”>[1]</sup><sup class=”reference”>:122–125</sup> He also invested in MCI, Fox Broadcasting and other technology and media companies.<sup id=”cite_ref-zawya.com_32-0″ class=”reference”>[32]</sup>

    Al-Waleed invested in WorldCom

    December 2011 Al-Waleed invested $300 million in Twitter, purchasing secondary shares from insiders.<sup id=”cite_ref-41″ class=”reference”>[41]</sup> The purchase gave Kingdom Holding a “more than 3% share” in the company, which was valued at $8 billion in late summer 2011.<sup id=”cite_ref-MW01_4-1″ class=”reference”>[4]</sup>

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Waleed_bin_Talal#Business_career

     

     

    Aloha!

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      Yep Al-Waleed owns a major share of Twitter. It should be no surprise that Saudi Arabia has agents mining Twitter’s data to try and find those that oppose the Kingdom. Those 2 that were caught are probably just the tip of the iceberg…

       

      https://qz.com/519388/this-saudi-prince-now-owns-more-of-twitter-than-jack-dorsey-does/

       

       

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        The centralized ownership of media makes MIC-Neocon-Saudi stranglehold of whole corporate media possible.

        Aloha!

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