Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov called the fake message of the American TV channel CNN about the possible involvement of Russian hackers for the Qatari crisis.
«I have to say that this is another fake, another lie that is published. Colleagues from CNN over and over again publish links to unnamed sources in an unnamed units some intelligence, absolutely not tied to reality, to the land of information streams. Well, fake it is fake » – quoted Peskov TASS.
June 6, CNN reported that the suspected US intelligence agencies, breaking into the Qatari state news Agency (QNA), whose publication of false statements by the Emir of Qatar Tamim al-Thani has provoked a crisis in relations between Doha and several Arab countries, carried out by Russian hackers.
The purpose of cyber attack was «to provoke disagreement between the United States and its allies», said the TV channel, sources familiar with the investigation.
We will remind, on may 24, the state press service of Qatar reported that unknown hackers managed to hack website of the official news agencies and post it on the statement allegedly made by Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani.
Published by the Agency «statement» addressed issues of regional policy. The Emir said that good relations with Israel will help Qatar to play an important role in the Palestinian-Israeli peace settlement. He also said that Iran is a stabilizing factor in regional politics, and Hamas is a legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. In addition, the Sheikh attributed the phrase, according to which we should not pay attention to the establishment of relations with the administration of Donald trump in connection with the ongoing investigation against her.
Many of the media managed to spread this message as genuine speech of the Emir. Special commotion the publication caused in Saudi Arabia. Emerging in the Kingdom, the newspaper «Okaz» has accused the Emir of threatening Arab unity and rapprochement with the Iranian enemy.
June 5, Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya’s interim government, the Maldives and Mauritius announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing the Emirate of supporting terrorism, extremist ideology hostile policy and intervention in the Affairs of Arab States. Later they were joined by Mauritania, and the Union of the Comoros.
These countries also reported the cessation of Maritime and air navigation with Qatar, the freezing of Bank operations, the expulsion of the Qatari diplomats and citizens.