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I may get stoned to death for gay sex, says Saudi man outed in Ashley Madison leak

I may get stoned to death for gay sex, says Saudi man outed in Ashley Madison leak

Ashley Madison's Down Low site caters to 'married men seeking other men for casual, no-strings fun.'

A reddit user claiming to be a gay man from Saudi Arabia has said he could be stoned to death after he was outed in the the Ashley Madison leak.

Earlier this week, hackers published the personal data of millions of the infidelity site’s users, including those in countries where adultery is a crime.

Users of Ashley Madison’s Down Low site – which caters to ‘married men seeking other men for casual, no-strings fun’ – have also been put in danger.

‘I am from a country where homosexuality carries the death penalty. I studied in America the last several years and used Ashley Madison during that time,’ the man wrote.

‘I was single, but used it because I am gay; gay sex is punishable by death in my home country so I wanted to keep my hookups extremely discreet. I only used AM to hook up with single guys.’

Gay sex is illegal in Saudi Arabia and punishable by up to life in prison, fines and/or whipping/flogging, castration, torture and even death. Adultery also carries a death sentence.

‘I BEG you all to spread this message,’ the man continued.

‘Perhaps the hackers will take notice of it, and then, I can tell them to (at the very least) exercise discretion in their information dump (ie leave the single gay Arab guy out of it). As of now, I plan on leaving the kingdom and never returning once I have the $ for a plane ticket. Though I have no place to go, no real friends, and no job.’

Commenters recommended he apply for asylum in the West, while others questioned the authenticity of the man’s post.

‘A bunch of people are accusing me of lying because “AM is only for married people,”‘ he wrote.

‘AM is actually about “discreet hookups,” and hence its main appeal is to married people, since premarital sex isn’t stigmatized in the West.

‘But it also appeals to gays from regressive cultures, and their website has an option specifically for gays, as you can figure out if you do 5 minutes of research.

‘The idiots who claim I’m lying are projecting from personal experience, and forgetting that, for many gay people around the world, being outed is a life-threatening experience. The risks for us are greater than the risks for married Westerners cheating on their spouses. That’s why AM’s promise of discretion appeals to us.

In an update, the man said he had got enough money together to hire a car to the capital Riyadh and buy a plane ticket to the US.

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