UAE hacked Qatari Govt sites to plant false story

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 17, 2017

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt all cut off diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of financing Islamist militant groups and allying with their regional adversary Iran - allegations Qatar denies.

The Washington Post cited unidentified USA intelligence officials as saying they had learned last week of newly analysed information showing that top UAE officials had discussed the planned hacks on May 23, the day before they occurred.

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

"The Washington Post story is not true, purely not true", he said responding to a question after a speech at Chatham House in London.

A day earlier, the American paper quoted unnamed United States intelligence officials as saying that senior members of the Emirati government had discussed the cyber attack and its implementation on Qatar on May 23. UAE Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba denied the report in a statement, saying it was "false", the Post said. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi [the former Libyan leader].

It continued: "What is true is Qatar's behaviour".

In response to this statement, Emirati Embassy in Washington's statement has been released calling Post report as false and claiming that UAE played no role in the catastrophic situation between Gulf nations and Qatar.

Fellow Gulf states had already rejected Qatar's explanation and said Sheikh Tamim's reported remarks reflected deliberate ambiguities in Qatar's policies that have undermined stability in the region. Kuwait has been serving as a mediator in trying to resolve the current Gulf crisis.

Qatar says UAE's involvement in the hacking of the Qatar news agency is a violation of global law.

"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.

"And now the results are out in public and they confirm that hacking has taken place and the quotes that precipitated this crisis by the emir of Qatar were fabricated and resulting from this hacking".

Jahshan said the revelations should have an effect on the mediation efforts, although the signs during the crisis so far have not been encouraging.

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