UAE minister responds to hacking claims

Saudi Arabia and its allies imposed sanctions on Doha on June 5, including closing its only land border, denying Qatar access to their airspace and ordering their citizens back from the emirate.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt responded by blocking Qatari media.

While there is similarly no verifiable proof in the Sunday report by Washington Post, it also cites a recent leak of the UAE's ambassador's emails, released by the GlobalLeaks hacking group.

Two weeks later, the four countries cut all links with Qatar over its alleged support for terrorism and relations with Iran.

The officials told the Post they do not know whether the UAE had a direct hand in the hacks or whether they hired outside help.

U.S. intelligence agencies declined to comment on the Post's article, but the UAE's ambassador insisted that it "had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking".

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"What is true is Qatar's behaviour".

A CNN report titled, "US suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis", citing anonymous United States officials, claimed that intelligence gathered as part of an FBI investigation into the hack indicated that unnamed Russian hackers could be behind the intrusion. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Gaddafi.

The story was removed after half an hour but not before television stations based... "Inciting violence, encouraging radicalization, and undermining the stability of its neighbors", the statement said. Worldwide allies such as the U.S. are anxious that the row could affect coalition counter-terrorism efforts against Isis. Doha had previously asked United States and British officials to investigate the source of the hack.

Mr Gargash told the BBC that Qatar's denial had been contradicted by its agreement to review a list of 59 individuals and 12 organisations who the UAE has accused of supporting terrorism and wants arrested or expelled.

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". Staunchly defending its innocence against the allegations from the onset of the crisis, Qatar claimed the demands were deliberately created to be impossible for it to meet and rejected them, causing the current stalemate in negotiations.

Gargash said the UAE would not escalate its boycott by asking companies to choose between doing business with it or Qatar.

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