The Washington Post report accusing the United Arab Emirates of being behind the alleged hacking of Qatar's state media agency (QNA) is infallible proof of its responsibility for the attack, Qatari officials has said.
The Post said officials became aware of the UAE's role in the hack after newly analyzed information gathered by members of the US intelligence community revealed senior members of UAE's government discussed the plans and how to implement the attack.
Abu Dhabi is said to have orchestrated the hack to post inflammatory quotes falsely attributed to Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, the Washington Post reports. In other words, the suggestion is that UAE hacked into Qatar, planted a false story, and then used the false story as a causus belli for the blockade of Qatar.
The United Arab Emirates hacked web sites in nearby Qatar, prompting the feud among several Gulf states that's almost two months old with no sign of a resolution, The Washington Post reported.
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Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani said he had been informed by the FBI Russia had not carried out the hack.
'What is true is Qatar's behavior.
"We need to be certain that Qatar, a state with $300 billion in reserves, is no longer an official or unofficial sponsor of jihadist and terrorist causes", he will say.
Intelligence officials said their working theory since the Qatar hacks has been that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt or some combination of those countries were involved. Staunchly defending its innocence against the allegations from the onset of the crisis, Qatar claimed the demands were deliberately created to be impossible for it to meet and rejected them, causing the current stalemate in negotiations. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi. The three-month Qatar interbank offered rate has jumped more than 50 basis points since early June. Inciting violence, encouraging radicalization, and undermining the stability of its neighbors, ' he said.
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The ambassador to UAE pronounced a news report asserting that UAE was responsible for hacking Qatari government sites "false".
Qatar rejected the demands, insisting that the list was so draconian that it was created to be turned down.
"I conclude at this stage it was because they're frustrated with the UAE and Saudi position on trying to sort out the Qatar thing, so they want to make it clear that it's not a story of Qatar all to blame - there's blame all around, and indeed there's mischief all around as well", Henderson said. Riyadh and its supporters have severed air, sea and ground links with Qatar, cutting off vital routes for imports including food.
Trump met with the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders days before the crisis broke out and even discussed countering Iran with a NATO-like regional force.
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