USA 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”.
In the articles, Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was quoted as cautioning against confrontation with Iran, as well as defending the Palestinian group Hamas and Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shia movement allied with Tehran.
Qatar says UAE’s involvement in the hacking of the Qatar news agency is a violation of worldwide law.
He said the four Arab powers were in the process of discussing additional sanctions on Qatar but did not elaborate, saying only that “there will be some tightening of the screws”.
The controversy started on May 23, when alleged hackers reportedly posted fake remarks on Qatar’s official media platform criticising U.S. foreign policy and attributing the statement to the country’s emir.
“The Washington Post story is not true, purely not true”, he said responding to a question after a speech at Chatham House in London.
Qatari officials said the agency had been hacked by an “unknown entity” and that the story had “no basis whatsoever”.
The GCC is a six-member bloc that includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi.
“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”.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation was previously known to be working with Qatar to probe the hacking. “Inciting violence, encouraging radicalisation, and undermining the stability of its neighbours”, the statement said.
“You can not be both our friend and a friend of al-Qaeda”. His visit had yielded little except for a bilateral agreement between the USA and Qatar to fight “terrorism”. “But the issue is that we are being hurt, and the world is being hurt, by a state that has $300bn (£230bn) and is the main sponsor of this jihadist agenda”.
But, he added, the four states would not escalate the boycott by asking companies to choose between doing business with them or with Qatar.