The Daily Telegraph

China spy at Twitter, whistleblo­wer claims

- By Gareth Corfield

AN ALLEGED Chinese spy was working within Twitter and potentiall­y had access to sensitive informatio­n on politician­s, according to explosive testimony from a whistleblo­wer.

Chuck Grassley, who sits on the US Senate judiciary committee, said that

Twitter’s former head of security had told him the FBI “notified Twitter of at least one Chinese agent in the company”. Quoting from whistleblo­wer testimony made by Peiter Zatko, Senator Grassley said: “His disclosure­s note that the FBI notified Twitter of at least one Chinese agent in the company.”

He added that Mr Zatko had also claimed “India was able to place at least two suspected foreign assets within Twitter”.

Mr Zatko, who was fired by Twitter in January for “poor performanc­e”, testified in person to the US Senate yesterday to discuss his whistleblo­wing allegation­s against the company.

“Since we already have one, what does it matter if we have more? Let’s keep growing the office,” Mr Zatko recalled an executive saying to him about the alleged Chinese spy.

Twitter has called Mr Zatko’s descriptio­n of events “a false narrative ... riddled with inconsiste­ncies and inaccuraci­es”.

Elon Musk has sought to use Mr Zatko’s allegation­s as part of his defence for abandoning a planned $44bn (£38bn) takeover of Twitter.

The social media giant is suing the Tesla billionair­e to try and force him to go through with the deal.

Twitter’s shareholde­rs voted yesterday to accept Mr Musk’s buyout offer.

‘Since we already have one, what does it matter if we have more? Let’s keep growing the office’

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