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Trump’s Buddies

Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

Washington, DC (CNN Business)— Federal prosecutors accused two former Twitter employees of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi national, and Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen, allegedly used their access at the social media giant to gather sensitive and nonpublic information on dissidents of the Saudi regime, the Justice Department said in a criminal complaint.

The case, unsealed in San Francisco federal court, underscores the efforts by the Saudi government to control anti-regime voices abroad. It also recalls a move reportedly directed by the country’s controversial leader to weaponize online platforms against critics like Jamal Khashoggi.

Mohammad bin Salman takes care of critics with the same techniques used by Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, Xi Jinping, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – hunt them down and take them out. Trump envies all of them and wants to join the “club”.

3 comments

1 Kryten42 { 11.10.19 at 10:18 pm }

Unsurprising. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud owns at least 5.2% of Twitter shares since 2011. I tweeted about it over a year ago & warned that the content was being filtered & certain tweets were being rapidly deleted & accounts were being banned or blocked. Twitter blamed a technical glitch, of course.

This Saudi prince now owns more of Twitter than Jack Dorsey does

2 Kryten42 { 11.11.19 at 2:06 am }

I figured I’d post this tweet of mine here, instead of messing up another thread. You’ve probably heard about this by now and was not at all surprised.

https://twitter.com/Kryten_42/status/1193801669982580736

3 Bryan { 11.11.19 at 3:45 pm }

The Lieutenant Colonels Vindman will both be released from their White House duty and return to the Pentagon for reassignment. They were seconded, and Aleksandr, who testified, needs to get back to an infantry assignment or attend the War College if he wants to make Colonel, while Evgenie will return to a JAG assignment. The problem for Trump is that Aleksandr reported the problem up his chain of commend, as he was required to do, and testified in response to a subpoena. He did his duty, and the military knows it. Trump seriously hurt his standing with the military by screwing over the Kurds in Syria. Following on his decision to attend a parade in New York City, rather than a Veterans Day service at Arlington, he keeps antagonizing the military and using the troops as a photo op backdrop.

You buy the media and control message. It works for Murdock and the Saudis.

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