Okay, who is lying here? A new report from the Washington Post discredits CNN’s story pinning the recent Qatari government hack attack on Russia.
The FBI recently sent a team of investigators to Doha to help the Qatari government investigate the alleged hacking incident, Qatari and US government officials say.
Intelligence gathered by the US security agencies indicates that Russian hackers were behind the intrusion first reported by the Qatari government two weeks ago, US officials say. Qatar hosts one of the largest US military bases in the region.
The alleged involvement of Russian hackers intensifies concerns by US intelligence and law enforcement agencies that Russia continues to try some of the same cyber-hacking measures on US allies that intelligence agencies believe it used to meddle in the 2016 elections.
The Russian goal appears to be to cause rifts among the US and its allies. In recent months, suspected Russian cyber activities, including the use of fake news stories, have turned up amid elections in France, Germany and other countries.
Anyone following CNN over the past year was immediately skeptical of the news network’s reporting, as the sheer level of fake news they’ve spewed cannot be put into words. As Project Veritas’ #CNNisPravda series revealed, the failing news network pushes the “MUH RUSSIA” narrative for ratings. Yet strangely, as Deputy Assistant to the President, Dr. Sebastian Gorka pointed out, more people are interested in watching cartoons than “Trump-Russia” stories. Here’s who the Washington Post believes actually hacked Qatar.
As per Zerohedge:
Here is the “latest” official narrative, at least according to the “U.S. intelligence and other officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter” quoted by WaPo, who may or may not be the same ones who planted the original fake news at CNN:
The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in late May that sparked the ongoing upheaval between Qatar and its neighbors, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
Officials became aware last week that newly analyzed information gathered by U.S. intelligence agencies confirmed that on May 23, senior members of the UAE government discussed the plan and its implementation. The officials said it remains unclear whether the UAE carried out the hacks itself or contracted to have them done. The false reports said that the emir, among other things, had called Iran an “Islamic power” and praised Hamas.
But… wait: didn’t US intelligence agencies just one month ago say it was all Russia’s fault? Looks like it took just one month for the CIA to change its mind. We wonder if and when it will the same to its “conclusion” confirmed by 17 4 intelligence agencies that Russia also hacked the DNC and John Podesta (although we won’t be holding our breath for that particular narrative shift). Back to the WaPo:
The hacks and posting took place on May 24, shortly after President Trump completed a lengthy counterterrorism meeting with Persian Gulf leaders in neighboring Saudi Arabia and declared them unified. Citing the emir’s reported comments, the Saudis, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt immediately banned all Qatari media. They then broke relations with Qatar and declared a trade and diplomatic boycott, sending the region into a political and diplomatic tailspin that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned could undermine U.S. counterterrorism efforts against the Islamic State.
The dilemma readers face with the latest Qatari hacking revelation is this: who do you believe? CNN or the Washington Post?
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Picking between the lesser of two evils has never been so difficult, especially when it comes to these two news outlets – yet – UAE is at serious odds with Qatar and Russia is not. By this simple observation, one could feel as good as they can in siding with the Washington Post. A rare occasion, indeed. With both reports out in the open, readers may want to wait for the U.S. intel community to comment.
Meanwhile, nobody is willing to say anything on the record, of course: “The Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment, as did the CIA. The FBI, which Qatar has said was helping in its investigation, also declined to comment.” Which is understandable: they are all busy going through any and all Trump emails intercepted by the NSA, looking for a smoking gun.