the supposed hack against qatar that led to the circulation of a fake tweet by their emir, so what?

The Toad War Against Qatar
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, Jun 14 2017

What in the name of Allah is going on with the spat between Qatar and the Toads, the latter supported by the UAE and most of the rest of the Arab states? Accusations that Qatar is the fulcrum of “terrorism” in the region, emanating from Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, the twin epicenters of Islamic extremism on earth, seemed to have been broadcast from Bizarro World. And the incident that sparked the controversy, in which much of the Arab world, led by the Toads, blockaded tiny Qatar, added the extra-hot spice of cyber-espionage to an already indigestible dish. Shortly after Trump’s visit to Riyadh, where he announced his “anti-terrorist” initiative, the web site of the Qatar News Agency, run by the Qatari government, was hacked. A “fake news” story was posted by the hackers, purporting to describe a speech given by Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani calling for better relations with Iran, praising Hamas and Hezbollah, and predicting that Trump’s term in the White House would be short. Despite the Qataris’ claim, since verified by the FBI, according to Qatar’s foreign minister, that the Qatar News Agency site had been hacked and that the Emir had given no such speech, the Toads and the UAE launched a campaign through their official media outlets, targeting Qatar. Overflight rights were revoked, diplomatic contacts ended, Qatari citizens were forbidden to enter Toad or UAE territory even to change planes, and in a public statementdelivered in the rose garden of the White House, Trump clearly sided with them, complementing a series of remarkably stupid tweets that basically said the same thing.

The Pindosi news media managed to get a Russian angle on all this, claiming that “Russian hackers” were behind the targeting of the Qatar News Agency. As usual, they offered no evidence for this assertion. Yet just who was behind this hacking incident seems crucial to understanding the origin and motive of the Qatar controversy, which could augur a new regional crisis, possibly dragging in Iran. So let’s look at the timeline in the context of yet another hacking incident, this one involving the hotmail account of Yousef al-Otaiba, the UAE’s well-connected ambassador to Pindostan. The hackers, who call themselves “GlobalLeaks,” released a tranche of emails between al-Taiba and individuals connected to the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a pro-Israel think-tank originally called Emet and founded in 2001 by a group of pro-Israel billionaires. FDD under chief honcho Clifford May, has expanded to engage in full-scale propaganda. The Otaiba-FDD emails reveal extensive cooperation between the ostensibly ultra-Islamic UAE and the staunchly Zionist FDD. See some of the emails here, here, here, and here. A great deal of the back and forth is between FDD general counsel, Bush-43-era National Security Advisor John Hannah and Otaiba. The emails detail FDD’s efforts to show Otaiba that UAE companies doing business with Iran need to be sanctioned. A “target list” is included. The correspondence also details plans for a Jun 11-14 meeting between FDD personnel including CEO Mark Dubowitz, UAE political and military boxtops including the ambassador, and former Pindo Sec DEf Robert Gates. On the agenda was this item:

Discussion of possible Pindosi/UAE policies to positively impact Iranian internal situation, (including) political, economic, military, intelligence, and cyber-tools (to) contain and defeat Iranian aggression.

“Cyber-tools,” eh? Now add to the timeline this reporting by the NYT:

Three days after the Trump meeting in Riyadh, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies held a conference in Washington dedicated to criticism of Qatar, titled ‘Qatar and the MB’s Global Affiliates.’ Former Sec Def Robert Gates, a friend of Otaiba, gave the keynote speech. Attendees included many of the authors of the critical op-ed articles and senior Obama administration officials. Organizers encouraged Otaiba to attend, and his staff sent Abu Dhabi a detailed report. No representative of Qatar was invited. The hack of the Qatari news agency took place after midnight that night.

What a coincidence! As this piece in the WaPo puts it, the speculation that “Russian hackers” under Russian state control are behind the Qatar hack is “unlikely.” Emails from the hackers bearing .ru addresses seem designed to put detectives off the trail. The WaPo piece avers that hackers-for-hire were the responsible parties but the question is, who were they working for? Which leads us to a larger question: who benefits? Clearly both the Toads and the Israelis, whose semi-clandestine alliance has been documented in this space, had everything to gain. Riyadh and Tel Aviv have been quietly cooperating to unite the Sunni Arabs against Iran and draw Pindostan into open conflict with Tehran. Both abhorred and denounced the Iran deal, and are seeking to actively undermine it: that’s another item at the top of the FDD/UAE meet-up. Another factor is the relationship between al-Taiba and Jared Kushner. The ambassador has been described as Kushner’s “mentor” on all matters Middle Eastern. All of these Middle Eastern actors have been subsidizing terrorist outfits, in Syria and elsewhere. The Toads are perhaps the worst offenders. Their world-wide network of Salafi-Wahhabi mosques and “educational” outfits has been pushing a terrorist agenda for decades. The UAE has also been a lucrative source of funding for radical Islamic terrorism, notably in AfPak. And while Qatar has not been stingy in this regard, its stance has been notably non-sectarian. They’ve given support to the MBs, but they are also capable of sending official congratulations to Pres Rouhani upon his relection in Iran. This is their great “sin” in the eyes of the Sunni Axis: they have tried to mediate the Sunni-Shi’ite religious war.

The idea that Qatar is solely responsible for the growth and development of Middle Eastern terrorism is laughable on its face: that narrative simply won’t stand even the most careless scrutiny. And the proposition that the Toads provide any kind of anti-terrorist bulwark is a cruel joke. That the Trump administration is taking this line is absolutely criminal. It amounts to appeasing and succoring the epicenter of radical Islamic terrorism. The crazy notion that Iran is the world’s leading exporter of terrorism is a page right out of the Israeli/Toad playbook: for the Trump administration to echo this nonsense contradicts the facts and contravenes Pindosi interests in the region. For it is the Toads who have been funding and arming Daesh and AQ in Syria. And the Israelis have openly proclaimed their preference for Daesh over Assad. It is radical Sunni fundamentalists, not pro-Iranian Shi’ites, who have been conducting a global Jihad against Pindo & Euro targets. Iran is fighting Daesh in Syria while Pindostan in bombing Syrian government troops, the main obstacle to the Daesh/AQ forces. The Toad-Thani conflict has all the hallmarks of a joint Israeli/Toad operation, complete with cyber-hacking, a full-scale propaganda war, and a clueless Pindostan stupidly falling for a brazen deception. What’s amazing is that despite the plethora of evidence that the whole thing is a pretty transparent put-up job, the usual suspects continue to get away with it.

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