UAE denies hacking Qatar news agency


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 UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said earlier today that the Washington Post report was false and denied his country's involvement in any hack.

U.S. intelligence services have received new data last week and a lot of them suggest that a day before the attack took place a group of Abu Dhabi government officials was discussing the cyber-attacks from May 23.

The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, announced a diplomatic and transport blockade of Qatar at the beginning of June. The countries called on the nation, among other things, to downgrade its relations with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and close its al-Jazeera media outlet.

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"The UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking", UAE ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba said in a statement. The hacked emails allegedly reveal the UAE's efforts over the years to sway United States policymakers to its side of the dispute against Qatar.

Dr Ahmed Al Hamli, founder and president of Trends Research & Advisory, organiser of the event, said the centre is hosting the gatherings out of its firm belief that the world should be aware of the fact that maximum pressures have to be exerted on Qatar to stop funding and supporting terrorism and that the Qatari behaviour poses a direct menace to the security of Europe, the USA and the Middle East. Funding, supporting and enabling extremists from the Taleban to Hamas and (former Libyan leader Muammar) Gaddafi.

That hack has been claimed by an apparently pro-Qatari organisation calling itself GlobalLeaks. He ignored the fact that Qatar hosts the largest US military base in the Middle East, and an escalation of the crisis could have serious ramifications on USA fights against ISIS and al-Qaeda in the region. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shuttled around the region last week, but but returned home without a breakthrough.

The United Arab Emirates, for its part, has denied the allegations in the Washington Post report. "Inciting violence, encouraging radicalization, and undermining the stability of its neighbors", he added. The emails also reveal the UAE government's effort to work with think tanks in Washington, help spread its views on Qatar among policymakers.