UAE denies hacking Qatar news agency

UAE denies hacking Qatar news agency

UAE denies hacking Qatar news agency

According to intelligence officials, the working theory since the attacks was reported has been that the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt or a combination of these countries were involved in orchestrating the hacks. Qatar has previously asked USA and British officials to investigate the source of the hack.

"The UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking", UAE ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba said in a statement.

Officials became aware last week that 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.

The officials claimed it remains unclear whether the UAE carried out the hacks itself or contracted to have them done.

This new report signals an apparent change of tune by the U.S. media, as its earlier reports in June claimed that "Russian hackers" were allegedly to blame for the hack.

The UAE's government has denied any involvement in the hacking but the allegations from a respected newspaper with impeccable intelligence sources spell trouble for the coalition against Qatar.

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

As a result of the hacking, fabricated news was posted on the agency's website, partially provoking a rift between the emirate and other states of the region.

Cape Town, July 16 (BNA): The Saudi, UAE and Egyptian diplomatic envoys to South Africa met Minister of Transport Joseph Maswanganyi and discussed the recent procedures taken by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, regarding aircraft crossing their airspaces.

Qatar rejected the demands, insisting that the list was so draconian that it was created to be turned down.

Washington has been sending mixed signals as regards to the Qatari crisis, with President Donald Trump seemingly taking credit for igniting the fallout in his Twitter posts, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been at the same time attempting to negotiate a compromise between the Gulf states in a frantic engagement of shuttle diplomacy.

A senior UAE official said global monitoring was needed in the standoff between Qatar and its Arab neighbours, adding he saw signs that the pressure exerted on Doha "was working".

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