UAE Hacked Qatar Government, Social Media Websites


Anwar Gargash denied as false a story in the Washington Post that cited us officials saying the UAE had orchestrated the hack of Qatar's state news agency.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain in early June cut off diplomatic relations, severed air, land and sea links with Qatar and ordered Qatari citizens to leave their countries within two weeks. Qatar has denied the accusations.

Qatar has maintained its emir never made the remarks and that the quotes were planted by hackers.

Asked about a Washington Post report citing USA intelligence officials saying the UAE may have been behind the hack, Gargash said it was "purely not true".

The officials said it was unclear if the UAE hacked the websites or paid for it to be carried out, the newspaper reported.

The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the UAE helped arrange the hacking.

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Anwar Gargash, the UAE state minister for foreign affairs, also denied a Washington Post report saying that his country had been behind an alleged cyber attack on Qatar in May which sparked a crisis.

In response to this statement, Emirati Embassy in Washington's statement has been released calling Post report as false and claiming that UAE played no role in the catastrophic situation between Gulf nations and Qatar. It continued: "What is true is Qatar's behaviour". Saudi Arabia doesn't exactly have its hands clean when it comes to funding extremism around the world either. Instead, he said the quartet meant to put the issue on the back burner to focus on trying to resolve the crises in Libya and Yemen. His visit had yielded little except for a bilateral agreement between the USA and Qatar to fight "terrorism".

At no time in the situation has the bloc offered any evidence in support of its allegations, prompting speculation, even by the U.S., that its motivations for the blockade might be fueled by pre-existing issues, rather than a concern for global security.

"But with this new information - that certainly throws a wrench in these negotiations - it remains to be seen exactly where things will go". They pointed out that the decision was taken after the four states uncovered evidence about Qatar's sponsorship and funding of terrorist groups, which threaten the region's security and stability. Doha said the statements were fabricated and disseminated via a hack. The objective of the hacking was to embed false news stories of an incendiary nature that led to the current Gulf crisis.

Jahshan said the revelations should have an effect on the mediation efforts, although the signs during the crisis so far have not been encouraging.