UAE arranged for hacking of Qatar government sites, sparking diplomatic row: Washington Post

FILE PHOTO: Buildings are seen from across the water in Doha
FILE PHOTO: Buildings are seen from across the water in Doha

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates arranged for Qatari government social media and news sites to be hacked in late May in order to post fiery but false quotes linked to Qatar's emir, prompting a diplomatic crisis, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing U.S. intelligence officials.

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. In response, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Qatar said in late May that hackers had posted fake remarks by the emir, an explanation rejected by Gulf states.

The Post reported that U.S. intelligence officials learned last week of newly analyzed information that showed that top UAE government officials discussed the planned hacks on May 23, the day before they occurred.

The officials said it was unclear if the UAE hacked the websites or paid for them to be carried out, the newspaper reported. The Post did not identify the intelligence officials it spoke to for the report.

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

"What is true is Qatar's behavior. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi. Inciting violence, encouraging radicalization, and undermining the stability of its neighbors," the statement said.

The U.S. State Department declined comment in response to a Reuters query.

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

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Peter Cooney)


More Related News

Qatar's ruler voices willingness to talk to solve Arab rift
  • World
  • 2017-07-21 20:50:08Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Qatar's ruling emir said on Friday that his embattled Gulf nation remains open to dialogue with four Arab countries that have isolated it, but that any resolution to the crisis must respect his country's sovereignty.

Qatar's ruler: time to resolve differences in talks
  • World
  • 2017-07-21 20:22:29Z

Qatar's emir called for dialogue on Friday to resolve a political crisis pitting his country against four Arab states, saying any talks must respect national sovereignty. In his first speech since four Arab countries severed ties with Doha, a defiant Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said life was

Can President Trump Pardon Himself?
Can President Trump Pardon Himself?

Can President Trump legally pardon himself? The answer is probably not.

'Extremely disturbing' if Trump considering Russia pardons: Democrat

The highest-ranking Democrat on the US Senate intelligence committee said it was "extremely disturbing" if President Donald Trump was contemplating a pardon for aides that could be implicated in a probe on Russian meddling in last year's presidential election. Senator Mark Warner was referring to a Washington Post article late Thursday saying that Trump was consulting with advisers "about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself" in connection to the probe led by special counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller. Trump's lawyers were attempting to "corral the probe" and were compiling a list of Mueller's alleged potential conflicts of interest in order to "stymie...

Trump: The US is ready to leave one of its most important military bases if the Gulf crisis worsens
Trump: The US is ready to leave one of its most important military bases if the Gulf crisis worsens

The sudden move by a coalition of Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia, in early June to cut ties...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Latin America

Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.