Monday, June 5, 2017

Hacked UAE Ambassador's Emails Is Straining Gulf Ties

The Intercept: Hacked Emails Show Top UAE Diplomat Coordinating With Pro-Israel Think Tank Against Iran

THE EMAIL ACCOUNT of one of Washington’s most connected and influential foreign operatives has been hacked. A small tranche of those emails was sent this week to media outlets, including The Intercept, HuffPost and The Daily Beast, with the hacker promising to release a trove publicly.

The hotmail account belongs to the UAE’s ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al-Otaiba, and The Intercept can confirm it is the one he used for most Washington business. HuffPost confirmed at least one of the emails as authentic and the UAE has confirmed that Otaiba’s account was indeed hacked.

Otaiba’s influence derives largely from his pocketbook, as the ambassador is well known for throwing lavish dinner parties, galas, and hosting powerful figures on extravagant trips. Several Christmases ago, he sent out iPads as gifts to journalists and other Washington power players as gifts. There’s no telling what kind of messages might reside in that inbox.

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More News On The UAE Ambassador's Hacked Emails

Hackers Threaten To Leak Emails Exposing UAE's Ties To Israel -- Eurasia Review
Hacked emails from UAE ambassador to US reveal details of upcoming meeting with pro-Israel think tank -- International Business Times
Leaked emails show depth of anti-Qatar campaign -- Gulf Times/Al Jazeera
Analysts: Leaks could threaten Emirati diplomacy -- Al Jazeera
ANALYSIS: UAE envoy’s hacked emails and Qatar’s escalating Gulf rift -- Al Arabiya
Someone Is Using These Leaked Emails To Embarrass Washington’s Most Powerful Ambassador -- Huffington Post


James said...

Now it's getting down and dirty.

James said...

Qatar has been naughty playing footsies with Iran and the Palestinians. The Iranian contacts became too much when it became direct with Solemeini.

James said...

I mentioned awhile ago that the UAE is the Saudi's weak spot and it would be a natural for Iran to put pressure on them. What we see now is that it has started to become public.