district court: It appeared to link Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the powerful 34-year-son of King Salman, to the effort, according to CTV. The accounts that were looked at included those of a popular Saudi government critic with more than 1 million followers and a news personality, but they were not named in the complaint. A complaint unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed a co-ordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of Twitter accounts, including email addresses linked to the accounts and internet protocol addresses that can give up a user's location. It marks the first time that the kingdom, long linked to the U.S. through its massive oil reserves and regional security arrangements, has been accused of spying in America. Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen, and Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi citizen, were charged with acting as agents of Saudi Arabia without registering with the U.S. government. The complaint alleged that the employees -- whose jobs did not require access to Twitter users' private information -- were rewarded with a designer watch and tens of thousands of dollars funneled into secret bank accounts. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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