Alleged UAE hacking 'unfortunate,' violation of law

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 17, 2017

U.S. intelligence agencies declined to comment on the Post's article, but the UAE's ambassador insisted that it "had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking".

Later that day, the official Qatar News Agency quoted Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani as criticising United States "hostility" towards Iran, describing it as an "Islamic power that can not be ignored", and calling Hamas the "legitimate representative of the Palestinian people".

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

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash said Monday that the Washington Post report was false.

On 5 June, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt cut all ties with Doha and began a blockade on the Gulf country. "The Washington Post story today that we actually hacked the Qataris is also not true", he told the London-based think-tank Chatham House.

The report did not identify the intelligence officials it spoke to for the report.

The controversy started on May 23, when alleged hackers reportedly posted fake remarks on Qatar's official media platform criticising U.S. foreign policy and attributing the statement to the country's emir.

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"La dictadura no permitió que los presidentes Quiroga y Rodríguez pudieran ver a Leopoldo en nuestra casa", escribió Tintori. No hay alimentos ni medicinas; la escasez está matándonos al igual que la inseguridad.

Still, the four Arab powers have said the memorandum fell short of allaying their concerns that their sanctions would remain in place until Doha meets their demands and that they would keep a close eye on Qatar's efforts to fight terrorism funding.

Qatari officials said the agency had been hacked by an "unknown entity" and that the story had "no basis whatsoever".

He again suggested the structure of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the six-member defence and trading bloc, is not sustainable and denied reports that the UAE had threatened Federation Internationale de Football Association over continuing to allow Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup.

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

"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.

"What is true is Qatar's behavior. Inciting violence, encouraging radicalisation, and undermining the stability of its neighbours", the statement said. They presented Qatar with a list of 13 wide-ranging demands and gave it an ultimatum to comply with them or face unspecified consequences.

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