United States report claims UAE government started Qatar crisis with fake news

American intelligence officials have confirmed Qatar’s suspicions that the United Arab Emirates hacked into the peninsula state’s news agency and planted a fake news story to trigger a diplomatic row.The Washington Post on Sunday released a report citing us intelligence officials that said the UAE orchestrated the hacking in late May that sparked ongoing turmoil between Qatar and its regional neighbors.The Post reported that United States intelligence officials learned last week of newly analysed information that showed that top UAE government officials discussed the planned hacks on May 23, the day before they occurred.The alleged hack of the Qatar News Agency website on 24 May attributed explosive remarks to Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.According to the official agency, Gargash said in a speech at the Royal Institute of International Studies in London, during a lecture entitled “The Gulf Crisis: its Causes and What will Lead”, which dealt with the crisis with Qatar, including its background, consequences and prospects. But Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Arab countries blocked Qatari media and later severed diplomatic ties. The officials said it isn’t clear whether the UAE carried out the hack itself or got someone else to do it.”What is true is Qatar’s behaviour”.UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said that the agreement signed by the USA and Qatar on the financing of terrorism was a positive development but did not live up to their expectations.Qatar – which shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia – has rejected accusations it supports terrorism, calling them “unjustified” and “baseless”. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi. “Inciting violence, encouraging radicalization, and undermining the stability of its neighbours”, Yousef al-Otaiba wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. The emails highlight a years-long campaign on the part of the UAE to court Washington support for its ongoing dispute with Qatar.The Guardian reported last month that an investigation by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had concluded that freelance Russian hackers were responsible.But its Gulf Arab neighbours and Egypt have always been irked by its support for anti-establishment movements and for the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood that briefly won power in Egypt, which they regard as a political enemy. “The UAE is ready to wait for the process to take its course and if it succeeds in changing Qatar’s behavior, Everyone has to”.