UAE denies Qatar media hack that set off diplomatic crisis

UAE Behind Hacking Attacks on Qatar's Media Aimed at Provoking Diplomatic Row

UAE Behind Hacking Attacks on Qatar's Media Aimed at Provoking Diplomatic Row

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism, a charge which Doha denies.

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

Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro, reporting from Washington, DC, said this is new information and the US Department of State has yet to officially respond. He said that the story "will die" in the next few days.

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

"The @washingtonpost story is false".

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

"What we really do want is we either reach an agreement and Qatar's behavior changes, or Qatar makes it own bed and they can move on and we can move with a new relationship".

News agencies and channels with close ties to the UAE, Saudi and Egyptian governments reported the emir's quoted comments with startling speed soon after the alleged hack took place. It added that the "crime" against its state news agency by a Gulf nation was a violation of global law.

USA investigators in June told CNN that they believed Russian hackers breached the Qatari sites and planted false information and quotes.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was previously known to be working with Qatar to probe the hacking.

Gargash's speech in London appeared to question Qatar's future in the GCC.

"This is our message: You can not be part of a regional organization dedicated to strengthening mutual security and furthering mutual interest and at the same time undermine that security", he said. "You can not be both our friend and the friend of Al Qaeda".

Gargash also repeated accusations that Qatar was trying to create instability in the region and even accused it of conspiring with jihadists against Saudi Arabia.

Trump, however, has firmly sided with Riyadh and its allies, calling Qatar a "high level" supporter of terrorism. "They [the UAE] claim that basically their demands from Qatar are legitimate and they insist that they should be fulfilled nearly as a diktat instead of sitting at a table and negotiating some legitimate differences that they might have with Doha, and somehow, unfortunately, Saudi Arabia has followed suit", said Jahshan. Qatar says this is part of it's open-door policy, and the aim is to encourage dialogue, not to give backing to extremists.

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