According to The Washington Post, US intelligence officials accused the United Arab Emirates of causing the crisis with Qatar by planning the hack of Qatar’s official news agency.

Emir of Qatar

Emir of Qatar Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

According to a report published by The Washington Post yesterday (Sunday), the United Arab Emirates (UAE) planned the hack of Qatar’s official news agency, where false quotations of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, were planted.

The report, which quotes US intelligence sources, refers to news stories quoting the Emir of Qatar praising Hamas and Iran. According to the report, these statements sparked the diplomatic crisis among the Persian Gulf states.

Gulf State leaders

Gulf State leaders Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Last month, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain broke off their diplomatic relations with Qatar and accused it of supporting terrorism. US intelligence officials told The Washington Post that last week, new information was revealed, claiming that senior-level officials in the UAE government planned to hack the Qatari News Agency a day before the story appeared. According to the officials, it is unclear whether the UAE performed the hack itself or whether the country paid a team of outside hackers. The country’s embassy in the US denied the accusations.

Meanwhile, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash referred to the crisis today. “We need a regional solution and international monitoring,” he said. “We need to be certain that Qatar, a state with 300 billion dollars in reserves, is no longer an official or unofficial sponsor of jihadist and terrorist causes.”