Are American Hackers Working With UAE?
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The following is an excerpt from “American Hackers Helped UAE Spy on Al Jazeera Chairman, BBC Host” by Joel Schectman
A group of American hackers who once worked for U.S. intelligence agencies helped the United Arab Emirates spy on a BBC host, the chairman of Al Jazeera and other prominent Arab media figures during a tense 2017 confrontation pitting the UAE and its allies against the Gulf state of Qatar.
American operatives worked for Project Raven, a secret Emirati
intelligence program that spied on dissidents, militants and political
opponents of the UAE monarchy. A Reuters investigation in
January revealed Project Raven’s existence and inner workings,
including the fact that it surveilled a British activist and several
unnamed U.S. journalists.
Raven operatives — who included at least nine former employees of the
U.S. National Security Agency and the U.S. military — found themselves
thrust into the thick of a high-stakes dispute among America’s Gulf
allies. The Americans’ role in the UAE-Qatar imbroglio highlights how
former U.S. intelligence officials have become key players in the cyber
wars of other nations, with little oversight from Washington.
The crisis erupted in the spring of 2017, when the UAE and allies — including Saudi Arabia and Egypt — accused Qatar of sowing unrest in the Middle East through its support of media outlets and political groups. The UAE camp demanded Qatar take a series of actions, including shuttering the Qatar-funded Al Jazeera satellite television network, withdrawing funding from other media outlets Doha supports, and cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic movement some Arab governments regard as a threat.
You can read the rest of the story here: https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-raven-media/
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