The United Arab Emirates arranged for Qatari government social media and news sites to be hacked in late May in order to post false quotes linked to Qatar’s emir, prompting the Gulf diplomatic crisis, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing US intelligence officials, Reuters reported.
The Qatari emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, had been falsely quoted in May as praising Hamas and saying that Iran was an “Islamic power,” the Post reported.
In response, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting “terrorism”. Qatar strongly denies the allegations.
Qatar said in late May that hackers had posted fake remarks by the emir, an explanation rejected by Gulf states.