' Qatar accuses UAE of hacking its media following WaPo report

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 18, 2017

Also, it was not clear if the UAE contracted some agency for the hack or carried out the hack itself.

The Post cites unnamed U.S. intelligence officials as saying that senior members of the Emirati government discussed the hacking plan on May 23. It said in a statement Monday that the Post report "unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place".

He also reiterated that the UAE and five other Arab nations had not written to Federation Internationale de Football Association to demand that Qatar be stripped of the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

But according to U.S. intelligence agencies, in a report leaked to the Washington Post, the hack was planned by UAE government officials, although it is unclear whether UAE government agencies carried out the cyber attacks directly or contracted a third-party to do it for them to keep it at arm's length.

The attack involved planting fake statements - falsely attributed to Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in which he "spoke favorably" of Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah - into QNA reports.

The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the UAE helped arrange the hacking.

A story claiming that six Arab nations had written to Federation Internationale de Football Association demanding that Qatar be stripped of the World Cup in 2022 was published on what appeared to be a fake version of a Swiss news website, the site's co-founder said on Sunday.

The reports plunged the region into a diplomatic maelstrom that continues to ravage relations in the region.

The UAE envoy to the US, Yousef al-Otaiba, dismissed the report as "false" and once again accused Qatar of funding and supporting extremists.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt responded by blocking Qatari media. What is true is Qatar's behavior.

The Guardian reported last month that an investigation by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had concluded that freelance Russian hackers were responsible. He pointed out that the worldwide community refuses their support of terrorism and extremism, and hosting people involved in this matter. "We will bring forth and drive home many facts and proof points that have not been known to the public opinion and global community before about the Qatar nurturing and sheltering of terrorist elements".

"I understand the concern of our allies", he added.

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