US Investigators Believe Russia Prompted Rift among Arab Gulf NationsWorld | June 7, 2017, Wednesday @ 13:04| 82 views
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United States officials say they believe the diplomatic rift among key Arab Gulf nations with Qatar was a consequence of Russian hackers deliberately trying to undermine the US and its allies, Euronews reported.
In an exclusive report by CNN, US security agencies say they have intelligence that Russian hackers planted a fake news story on Qatar’s state news agency which made the Qatari ruler “appear friendly to Iran and Israel and questioned whether President Donald Trump would last in office.”
The alleged hack happened on May 23 and US and Qatari officials say they believe the fake news article helped precipitate the worst breakdown in diplomatic and economic relations in the Arab Gulf in decades.
The US had sent FBI investigators to help the Qatari government investigate the alleged hack. Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Hohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani confirmed the fake news story appeared after a successful cyber-attack.
“Whatever has been thrown as an accusation is all based on misinformation and we think that the entire crisis is being based on misinformation,” the minister told CNN. “Because it was started based on fabricated news, being wedged and being inserted in our national news agency which was hacked and proved by the FBI.”