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UAE Behind Hacking Attacks on Qatar's Media Aimed at Provoking Diplomatic Row

17 July 2017, 04:01 | Erica Roy

The Post says the UAE planted a false story that sparked the current crisis between Qatar and several Arab countries. reuters file

The Post says the UAE planted a false story that sparked the current crisis between Qatar and several Arab countries. reuters file

Anwar Gargash denied as false a story in the Washington Post that cited USA officials saying the UAE had orchestrated the hack of Qatar's state news agency.

Asked about a Washington Post report citing United States intelligence officials saying the UAE may have been behind the hack, Gargash said it was "purely not true".

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.

"What is true is Qatar's behaviour".

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar on 5 June.

Qatar has maintained its emir never made the remarks and that the quotes were planted by hackers.

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

The subsequent inquiry into the alleged hack used investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation was previously known to be working with Qatar to probe the hacking. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi.

Gargash's speech in London appeared to question Qatar's future in the Gulf Cooperation Council, the regional trade and security group. The intelligence believes that the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt were behind the hacking attack on May 24.

"You can not be both our friend and a friend of al-Qaeda".

Gargash also repeated accusations that Qatar was trying to create instability in the region and even accused it of conspiring with jihadists against Saudi Arabia.

In late June, Kuwait, as a mediator in the crisis, handed over to Qatar the ultimatum of the four Arab states with 13 demands, including the requests to severe Doha's relations with Tehran, close Turkey's military base in Qatar and shut down the Al Jazeera TV channel, as well as to end support for the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization banned in Russian Federation.

Qatar has refused to comply with the 13 demands and says the list and the boycott itself are aimed at "limiting Qatar's sovereignty, and outsourcing our foreign policy".

The UAE has warned Qatar should take the demands seriously or face "divorce" from its Gulf neighbors.



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