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Former US Intelligence Officials Sued for Helping Saudi Government Spy on Activist

Saudi human rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is suing spyware firm DarkMatter Group and three former U.S. intelligence officials for their role in a scandal that helped land her in a Saudi Arabian prison. Former DarkMatter Group executives Marc Baier, Ryan Adams, and Daniel Gericke pleaded guilty in September for their role in Project Raven, in which the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) hired a group of former U.S. intelligence agents to develop surveillance technology that was often used against human rights activists and other dissidents. Baier, Adams, and Gericke have been identified by the Department of Justice (DOJ) as “former employees of the U.S. intelligence community or the U.S. military,” and Reuters named Baier as a former National Security Agency employee in its exposé on Project Raven. According to al-Hathloul’s Dec. 9 lawsuit against the former intelligence officials, their activity led to her 2018 arrest in the UAE, …

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