The Washington Post's story cited unnamed U.S. intelligence officials as saying newly-analysed information confirmed that on 23 May senior members of the UAE government had discussed a plan to hack Qatari state media sites.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar on June 5, cutting diplomatic and transport ties with the tiny Gulf monarchy, after accusing it of financing militant groups and allying with their regional arch-foe Iran.
According to the official agency, Gargash said in a speech at the Royal Institute of International Studies in London, during a lecture entitled "The Gulf Crisis: its Causes and What will Lead", which dealt with the crisis with Qatar, including its background, consequences and prospects. It said in a statement Monday that the Post report "unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place". "You will see in the next few days the story will die".
The alleged statements sparked a major ongoing dispute between Qatar and several other major Arab powers. What is true is Qatar's behavior. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi [the former Libyan leader].
Qatar said in June it had proof that the recent hacking of its state-run news agency and government social media accounts was linked to countries that have recently cut ties with it.
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Anwar Gargash, the UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs, also claimed the story was false.
Officials became aware last week that newly analyzed information gathered by US intelligence agencies confirmed that on May 23, senior members of the UAE government discussed the plan and its implementation. The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) declined to comment, according to the newspaper. His visit had yielded little except for a bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Qatar to fight "terrorism".
Qatar signed a memorandum of understanding last week with the USA on tackling the presence of designated terrorists and promised new measures on sending financing to blacklisted groups. They presented Qatar with a list of 13 wide-ranging demands and gave it an ultimatum to comply with them or face unspecified consequences.
But, he added, the four states would not escalate the boycott by asking companies to choose between doing business with them or with Qatar.