UAE denies reports to strip Qatar from 2022 World Cup

Anwar Gargash

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told the BBC on Monday the Post's report was "untrue".

However the Washington Post reported that Otaiba's private emails were hacked by a pro-Qatari hacker group called GlobalLeaks and the ambassador's private account's contents have since been circulated to journalists.

Federation Internationale de Football Association also denied receiving any request from the six countries for removing Qatar as World Cup hosts.

The UAE has strongly denied being behind the hacking of Qatar government websites which sparked the ongoing crisis in the Gulf regions.

On the following day, a story appeared on the Qatari News Agency's website quoting a speech by Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in which he allegedly praised Iran and said Qatar has a good relationship with Israel.

The report served as a pretext for Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE to all accuse Qatar of supporting terrorist groups and to subsequently cut off diplomatic and transport ties.

Trump, however, has firmly sided with Riyadh and its allies, calling Qatar a "high level" supporter of terrorism.

The US intelligence officials told the Post it was unclear whether the UAE authorities had hacked the Qatar News Agency itself or paid a third party to do it.

The newspaper cited U.S. intelligence officials as saying they have learned about the UAE's alleged involvement in the May 24 breach of the Qatari news agency after analyzing the gathered information of senior UAE government members discussing the plan and its implementation a day prior to the attack. In a statement, he wrote: "What is true is Qatar's behavior". Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was previously known to be working with Qatar to probe the hacking.

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