Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Qatar accuses UAE of violating global law by hacking state news agency

Qatar accuses UAE of violating global law by hacking state news agency

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was behind a series of hacks that sparked regional discord and isolated Qatar from its neighbors, according to a media report Sunday, quoted by Anadolu Agency.

The UAE hacked the websites or paid for getting them hacked (which is still unclear) in order to post false quotes linked to Qatar's emir, prompting the Qatar-Gulf diplomatic crisis, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing USA intelligence officials. "UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described in the article", Al Otaiba was quoted as saying in the tweet.

"What is true is Qatar's behavior". Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Gaddafi.

Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was falsely quoted as praising Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as speaking positively about Iran and Israel - remarks that drew the ire of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and were later used as justification for severing diplomatic ties with the tiny Gulf kingdom.

Saudi Arabia and its allies - the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt - accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and led a group of Muslim-majority nations to cut ties with Doha.

Earlier on Monday, the UAE's foreign minister Anwar Gargash told an audience at London think tank Chatham House there was no truth to the allegations made by both Qatar and The Washington Post, which cited information newly analysed by United States intelligence services.

Qatar says it believes the Washington Post report, saying it "unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place".

While previous reports have cited U.S. officials claiming that Russian hackers were involved in the QNA incident, they were not explicitly tied to any of the four countries isolating Qatar.

"The Washington Post story today that we actually hacked the Qataris is also not true", Anwar Gargash, the UAE state minister for foreign affairs told the London-based think-tank Chatham House.

The newspaper report, published online Sunday evening, cited unnamed US intelligence officials.

Qatar has been subjected to a diplomatic and economic blockade that the USA government says could compromised U.S. efforts against so-called Islamic State. His visit had yielded little except for a bilateral agreement between the United States and Qatar to fight "terrorism".

"It's denial after denial after denial".

"So the failure, if you will, or at least temporary failure of Tillerson is not going to change unless there is a change of attitude on the part of the Emirates in particular".

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