The Qatari hack cements the Middle East as the worst region in the world for fake news

If the Washington Post story is true, then the UAE planted fake news via a hack to engineer a crisis over Qatar. The Emirates needed a trigger to spark the crisis and this was it

Anthony HarwoodIf the Washington Post story is true then the United Arab Emirates is guilty of extreme duplicity.

On the one hand, the country’s foreign minister, Anwar Gargash, talks about the importance of trust in resolving the row with Qatar.

On the other hand, if US intelligence sources are to be believed, his government carried out a massive deception of its own people.

For not only did it hack the Qatari news website and make up incendiary quotes that put the Emir of that country in a terrible light: it then ignored the pleas of the Qataris that the quotes were false – …   more:

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/qatar-uae-saudi-arabia-fake-news-middle-easy-worst-in-world-a7846571.html

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