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Doha says United States media report showed UAE attack on Qatar's news agency

17 July 2017, 11:07 | Jodi Jackson

UAE Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba denied the report in a statement, saying it was "false", the Post said.

The controversy started on May 23, when alleged hackers reportedly posted fake remarks on Qatar's official media platform criticising U.S. foreign policy and attributing the statement to the country's emir. "But we can not have a member who is undermining us and supporting extremism", Gargash said during a speech at the Chatham House global affairs think tank in London.

Qatar, the tiny Gulf state being isolated by its neighbors, said Monday the reported involvement of the United Arab Emirates in hacking its government news site in May is "unfortunate" and a breach of agreements among the Gulf countries.

The four Arab states accuse Qatar of ties to Iran and of funding Islamist extremist groups. He said: "The Washington Post story is not true". He said that the story "will die" in the next few days.

The emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, had been quoted in May as praising Hamas and saying that Iran was an "Islamic power", the Post reported.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was previously known to be working with Qatar to probe the hacking.


The GCC is a six-member bloc that includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Meanwhile, Qatar has pointed toward U.S. intelligence officials who revealed the UAE's involvement of being behind an alleged cyber-attack on Doha's state media, which set into motion the current diplomatic crisis.

It continued: "What is true is Qatar's behaviour. Inciting violence, encouraging radicalization, and undermining the stability of its neighbours", the statement said.

"What we know now is that Qatar is admitting that the list is worthy, that the list needs to be looked at, and that they need to change some of their laws to ensure that there is a proper process to cover this list", he said.

Mr Gargash said Qatar's neighbours were prepared to continue the boycott for months if it did not comply with the list of demands it was handed last month and agreed to worldwide monitoring.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told his Kuwaiti counterpart that the sanctions were being maintained "in light of what the quartet states see as Qatar's stalling and procrastination, and lack of concern for the concerns of the four states".



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