Doha says U.S. media report showed UAE attack on Qatar's news agency

Doha says U.S. media report showed UAE attack on Qatar's news agency

The Post reported that U.S. intelligence officials learned last week of newly analysed information that showed that senior UAE government officials discussed the planned hacks on May 23, the day before they occurred.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash also rejected the article as "purely not true", and denied that his country was behind the alleged cyber attack, which sparked a diplomatic rift between Doha and its neighbors.

In June, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties with and imposed a trade and diplomatic embargo on Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

Officials came to know about the newly analyzed information gathered by US intelligence agencies confirmed that on May 23, senior members of the UAE government discussed the plan and its implementation.

Later that day, the official Qatar News Agency quoted Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani as criticising USA "hostility" towards Iran, describing it as an "Islamic power that can not be ignored", and calling Hamas the "legitimate representative of the Palestinian people".

Qatar said its emir had never given the speech, and that the story had been planted electronically, but its allies were outraged, and one of the most serious feuds in years between Western-aligned Gulf states began.

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Qatar says UAE's involvement in the hacking of the Qatar news agency is a violation of worldwide law.

He said the four Arab powers were in the process of discussing additional sanctions on Qatar but did not elaborate, saying only that "there will be some tightening of the screws".

Qatari officials said the agency had been hacked by an "unknown entity" and that the story had "no basis whatsoever". Qatar has previously asked U.S. and British officials to investigate the source of the hack.

"What is true is Qatar's behaviour". Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Gaddafi. "Inciting violence, encouraging radicalisation, and undermining the stability of its neighbours".

Last month, the bloc issued a 13-point ultimatum to Qatar, which included demands to close a Turkish military base, shuttering Al Jazeera media network, and ending relations with Iran.

But, he added, the four states would not escalate the boycott by asking companies to choose between doing business with them or with Qatar.

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