UAE Behind Hacking Attacks on Qatars Media Aimed at Provoking Diplomatic Row


On the following day, a story appeared on the Qatari News Agency's website quoting a speech by Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in which he allegedly praised Iran and said Qatar has a good relationship with Israel.

The claim by the agency is that it got hacked but after these controversial statements Saudi Arab, UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt all cut ties with Qatar.

The officials claimed it remains unclear whether the UAE carried out the hacks itself or contracted to have them done.

"We need a regional solution and worldwide monitoring", said Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, in prepared remarks he was scheduled to deliver on Monday in London, Reuters reported.

With a small but vociferous band of protesters banging on the doors outside, the minister calmly explained the crisis had moved on to a new stage - one that could be prolonged as the quartet of nations holds firm on their demands for Qatar to stop support for extremists. The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) declined to comment, according to the newspaper.

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"The UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described in the article", said the UAE's ambassador to the U.S. in a statement. It said in a statement Monday that the Post report "unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place". The goal of the hacking was to embed false news stories of an incendiary nature that led to the current Gulf crisis. Pointing out the unnamed sources and unverifiable information frequently used in such reports he added that "fake is a fake". Emails from the account were circulated to the media by an organization called GlobalLeaks. Doha denies the accusations.

Last month, the bloc issued a 13-point ultimatum to Qatar, which included demands to close a Turkish military base, shuttering Al Jazeera media network, and ending relations with Iran.

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.

Washington has been sending mixed signals as regards to the Qatari crisis, with President Donald Trump seemingly taking credit for igniting the fallout in his Twitter posts, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been at the same time attempting to negotiate a compromise between the Gulf states in a frantic engagement of shuttle diplomacy.

The Gulf crisis is the worst to hit the region since the establishment of the GCC in 1981.