A former Twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia has been released on bail

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A US judge on Friday allowed the release of a former Twitter employee on bail with travel restrictions pending trial on charges of spying for Saudi Arabia.

Judge Paula Mcandlis said her decision on Ahmad Abu Amo, 41, would take effect at 4:30 pm local time (7:30 pm EST), unless federal prosecutors appeal against the decision, according to Reuters. .
According to a complaint filed on Wednesday, two former Twitter employees and a third man from Saudi Arabia face US charges of spying for the kingdom by searching for user data and providing it to Saudi officials in return for rewards.

According to the complaint, Ali al-Zubara, Ahmad Abu Amo, who worked on Twitter, and Ahmed al-Mutairi, who was then employed by the Saudi royal family, face charges of working for the kingdom without registering as foreign agents, according to Reuters.

The complaint says that Abu Amo repeatedly entered the account of a prominent critic of the Saudi royal family in early 2015. On one occasion he was able to see the e-mail and phone number associated with the account. He also entered into the account of a second Saudi critic for information that makes it easier to identify him personally.

"This information could have been used to identify and locate Twitter users who posted these publications," the Justice Ministry said in a press release.



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