Saudi Arabia tried to develop a mole inside Twitter: report

The Saudi government relied on an employee inside Twitter and deployed droves of hired trolls to harass and suppress dissident Jamal Khashoggi and other critics, the New York Times reported.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his advisers led the effort to snuff out Khashoggi’s voice and other critics, and one of their weapons was a Saudi employee inside Twitter TWTR, -1.57% who had access to user account information, the Times reported, citing anonymous sources. Western intelligence officials suspect the employee spied on user accounts to aid the Saudi government, according to the Times.

Executives at Twitter were aware of a scheme by the Saudis to gain access to account information as far back as 2015, the Times reported.

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