UAE behind 'fake news' cyber attack on Qatar, say USA officials

"We need to be certain that Qatar, a state with $300 billion in reserves, is no longer an official or unofficial sponsor of jihadist and terrorist causes", he said, giving no further detail on the proposed monitoring.

Qatari media was immediately banned in several Arab states, despite an official hack announcement issued by Doha within an hour of the initial attack.

Speaking at a forum in London, Anwar Gargash also said the UAE would not escalate its boycott by asking companies to choose between doing business with it or with Qatar. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Gadhafi.

"What is true is Qatar's behavior".

Anwar Gargash, the UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs, also claimed the story was false.

Qatar has denied the accusations and called the collective decision "unjustified".

The United Arab Emirates has denied a Washington Post report that claims the country orchestrated a hack of Qatari state news and social media websites in May, an incident that triggered the region's worst diplomatic crisis in decades.


The Washington Post cited USA intelligence officials as saying the UAE had orchestrated the posting of incendiary quotes attributed to Qatar's emir that he insisted were fabricated.

"The Washington Post story is not true, purely not true", he said responding to a question after a speech at Chatham House in London.

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.

The Guardian reported last month that an investigation by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had concluded that freelance Russian hackers were responsible.

The newspaper reported that U.S. officials became aware of the details of the hack last week after newly examined information gathered by USA officials confirmed that high-ranking members of the UAE government discussed the plan and its implement on 23 May. "Inciting violence, encouraging radicalisation, and undermining the stability of its neighbours", Otaiba's statement said.

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

Trump met with the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders days before the crisis broke out and even discussed countering Iran with a NATO-like regional force.

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