UAE reportedly behind fake news that sparked diplomatic crisis with Qatar

UAE reportedly behind fake news that sparked diplomatic crisis with Qatar

UAE reportedly behind fake news that sparked diplomatic crisis with Qatar

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

The Washington Post said that USA intelligence agencies confirmed that on 23 May senior UAE government officials discussed hacking Qatari sites. "The Washington Post story today that we actually hacked the Qataris is also not true", he told the London-based think-tank Chatham House. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Gaddafi.

On Monday, Qatar pointed to the Washington Post's report accusing UAE as conclusive, saying in a statement that the story, "which revealed the involvement of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and senior Emirati officials in the hacking of Qatar News Agency, unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place".

U.S. investigators have been working in Doha to help the Qatari government investigate the alleged hack, according to Qatari and USA government officials.

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The Post said officials became aware of the UAE's role in the hack after newly analyzed information gathered by members of the USA intelligence community revealed senior members of UAE's government discussed the plans and how to implement the attack.

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

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

Although the countries have been at loggerheads on and off for years, the trigger for the latest row was a news report on a speech by Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, which appeared on the state news agency's website.

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Qatar has acknowledged providing assistance to Islamist groups designated as terrorist organisations by some of its neighbours, notably the Muslim Brotherhood.

Qatar has refused to comply with the 13 demands and says the list and the boycott itself are aimed at "limiting Qatar's sovereignty, and outsourcing our foreign policy". "You can not be both our friend and the friend of Al Qaeda".

The incident helped spark a diplomatic rift between Qatar and its neighbours.

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