UAE wants worldwide monitoring of Qatar

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

The report said that information accessed by US intelligence officials has confirmed that senior members of the UAE government had discussed the plan and its implementation.

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".

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

Speaking at the Chatham House global affairs think tank in London, Gargash repeated claims that the country funds extremists.

The UAE has denied the hacking claims in a statement released in Washington by its ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba.

The report "unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place", the statement quoted Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani, director of the government communication office, as saying.

On Sunday, The Washington Post cited anonymous USA intelligence officials who claim to have evidence that UAE leaders were behind the breach which occurred at the end of May.

The United Arab Emirates warned Qatar on Monday it could not belong to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) if it undermined regional security, calling for a "change of behavior" but not "regime change".

Qatar had repeatedly said that the website of the Qatar News Agency's was hacked but failed to provide the results of its own investigation so far. Saudi Arabia doesn't exactly have its hands clean when it comes to funding extremism around the world either. "Inciting violence, encouraging radicalization, and undermining the stability of its neighbors", he added.

He will insist the six-week long boycott of Qatar is starting to work and reject the suggestion the four anti-Qatar allies have miscalculated, by claiming that Doha is already making concessions.

According to intelligence officials, the working theory since the attacks was reported has been that the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt or a combination of these countries were involved in orchestrating the hacks.

The Post's report states that it "remains unclear" if it was UAE hackers who carried out the attack or if it "contracted" others to hack Qatari media. Qatar strongly denies the allegations.

"The UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described in the article", the statement said. But the Trump administration shares most Arab governments' fixations with Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, so after Trump's visit, they likely assumed their offensive against Qatar would be well-received.

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