UAE Hacked Qatari Government News Site

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 17, 2017

Saudi Arabia and its allies - the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt - accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and led a group of Muslim-majority nations to cut ties with Doha. Doha denies the accusations.

Among the false social media posts published during the hack were some made in the name of the emir of Qatar, in which he appeared to make disparaging remarks about Donald Trump, praised Gaza's Hamas leaders and expressed support for Iran as an "Islamic power".

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

Officials came to know about the newly analyzed information gathered by US intelligence agencies confirmed that on May 23, senior members of the UAE government discussed the plan and its implementation. It said in a statement Monday that the Post report "unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place".

"The Washington Post story today that we actually hacked the Qataris is also not true", UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told the Chatham House think-tank in London.

"What we really do want is we either reach an agreement and Qatar's behaviour changes, or Qatar makes it own bed and they can move on and we can move with a new relationship".

"You can not be both our friend and a friend of al-Qaeda", he said, repeating allegations - denied by Qatar - that the country funds extremists. "Inciting violence, encouraging radicalisation, and undermining the stability of its neighbours", the statement said. Kuwait has been serving as a mediator in trying to resolve the current Gulf crisis.

"We've sent a message to Qatar". "We are ready for this process to take a long time".

"But with this new information - that certainly throws a wrench in these negotiations - it remains to be seen exactly where things will go".

The United Arab Emirates has denied it was behind the alleged hacking of Qatar's state news agency in May.

Khalil Jahshan, executive director at the Arab Center Washington, DC, told Al Jazeera the revelations are the most important development so far since the beginning of the crisis and undermined the Emirati position.

"So far, we have several setbacks of regional and worldwide mediation".

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