US Intelligence Says Russian Hackers Are To Blame For Qatar Crisis: CNN

Tyler Durden's picture

It's official: there is nothing in this world that Russian hackers can't do.

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In an opportune coincidence, when discussing the Qatar crisis earlier today, we laid out the "official narrative" behind the dramatic fallout in diplomacy between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

According to the official narrative, the reason for the latest Gulf crisis in which a coalition of Saudi-led states cut off diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, is because - to everyone's "stunned amazement" - Qatar was funding terrorists, and after Trump's recent visit to Saudi Arabia in which he urged a crackdown on financial support of terrorism, and also following the FT's report that Qatar has directly provided $1 billion in funding to Iran and al-Qaeda spinoffs, Saudi Arabia finally had had enough of its "rogue" neighbor, which in recent years had made ideologically unacceptable overtures toward both Shia Iran and Russia.

There was another detail that we should have mentioned: on May 23, a news report from the Qatari News Agency attributed to the the country's ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, criticized US foreign policy in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, questioned whether the US President would last in office, and also appeared friendly to Iran.  Following the publication of the report which infuriated Qatar's anti-Iranian friends and GCC members, Qatar said its state news agency had been hacked, although the report continued to be carried by media in some other Gulf Arab states, which as Reuters said at the time "suggested renewed strains between Qatar and some of its Gulf Arab neighbors."

"The Qatar News Agency (QNA) website has been hacked by an unknown entity. A false statement attributed to His Highness has been published," the Gulf Arab state's government communications office said. "An ongoing investigation will be put in place to look into this matter. The statement published has no basis whatsoever, and the competent authorities in the State of Qatar will hold all those (involved) accountable." The incident took place four days after Qatar complained publicly that it was the target of "an orchestrated barrage" of criticism by unknown parties in the run-up to Trump's visit alleging the Gulf state supported terrorist groups in the Middle East.

That said, the hacking did not figure anywhere in the "official narrative" because it was not part of the list of grievances voiced by Saudi Arabia and various nation states when they cut ties with Qatar on Tuesday, which they did not for the allegedly hacked statement, but because the small nation was supposedly funding terrorists. In fact, as we reported earlier today, in an ultimatum issued by Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich Kingdom demanded that Qatar cut all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, organizations which Saudi Arabia, its Arab allies and the current Egyptian regime, consider terrorist groups.

However, the reason we bring it up, is because it now appears that not only did Russians hack the US election, they also precipitated the Qatar crisis.

At least according to CNN, which citing "briefed US officials" says that US investigators believe it was Russian hackers who breached Qatar's state news agency and planted the abovementioned fake news report that "contributed to a crisis among the US' closest Gulf allies." Which is ironic because, again going back to the "official narrative", it was Qatar's support for terrorism, not a "hacked statement", that precipitated the crisis, but whatever: there was an alleged hacking, and who better to fill the void of hacker than, guess who, the Russians.

Here are the details, according to CNN:

The FBI recently sent a team of investigators to Doha to help the Qatari government investigate the alleged hacking incident, Qatari and US government officials say.


Intelligence gathered by the US security agencies indicates that Russian hackers were behind the intrusion first reported by the Qatari government two weeks ago, US officials say. Qatar hosts one of the largest US military bases in the region.


The alleged involvement of Russian hackers intensifies concerns by US intelligence and law enforcement agencies that Russia continues to try some of the same cyber-hacking measures on US allies that intelligence agencies believe it used to meddle in the 2016 elections.

Why would Russia hack Qatar? Because according to the US officials CNN spoke to "the Russian goal appears to be to cause rifts among the US and its allies. In recent months, suspected Russian cyber activities, including the use of fake news stories, have turned up amid elections in France, Germany and other countries"

Let's ignore for now that France already confirmed that there were no traces of Russian hackers in the French election (it would have been a different story if Macron had lost).

Let's algo ignore that just yesterday the FT reported that the trigger behind the crisis was a "hunting party of 26 Qataris in southern Iraq" who were ambushed and captured by the Iranian-backed Iraqi Shia militia Kata’eb Hizbollah, a hostage situation which Qatar eventually used as a pretext to give Iran $700 million in cash and another $200m-$300m to Islamist groups in Syria, mostly to Tahrir al-Sham, also known as al-Qaeda.

Let's certainly ignore that none other than Bloomberg mused this morning that the long-running conflict between Qatar and the Saudis is the result of the true reason for the tension between the two nations: natural gas, and specifically Qatar's dominance in the production and export of LNG, which affords the small nation political independence from Saudi Arabia. Because upon reflection, and after "intelligence gathered by US security agencies" somewhere in Qatar, it was a Russian-hacked press statement in the Qatar media that was the reason for the crisis.

So please ignore all you have read so far about the reasons behind the Qatar crisis: about Qatar funding terrorists, about Doha having ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, about Qatari hunting parties in Iraq, and about natural gas.

It was the Russians.

For those who need to take a deep breath after all that, now is a good time because it only get more farcical. Back to CNN:

It's not yet clear whether the US has tracked the hackers in the Qatar incident to Russian criminal organizations or to the Russian security services blamed for the US election hacks. One official noted that based on past intelligence, "not much happens in that country without the blessing of the government."

That's the old "if anything happens in Russia, Putin knows all about it" gambit, which was used early on during the Russian election hacking scandal, and which appears to have faded somewhat, so now is a great time to bring it back to the surface.

Speaking to CNN, Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said the FBI has confirmed the hack and the planting of fake news.

"Whatever has been thrown as an accusation is all based on misinformation and we think that the entire crisis being based on misinformation," the foreign minister told CNN's Becky Anderson. "Because it was started based on fabricated news, being wedged and being inserted in our national news agency which was hacked and proved by the FBI."


Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed Al-Thani, director of the Qatari Government Communications Office, confirmed that Qatar's Ministry of Interior is working with the FBI and the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency on the ongoing hacking investigation of the Qatar News Agency.


"The Ministry of Interior will reveal the findings of the investigation when completed," he told CNN.

The above was already known, the only missing link was the identity of the alleged hackers. And that's where the FBI and the CIA stepped in, because just days after the Qatari hacking, US intel services, who are supposed to be tracking down Russian hacking leads in the US election hacking scandal, had some free time, flew to Doha and were quick to uncover the missing Russian trace.

Ironically, the latest "Russian connection" emerged just hours after Trump - supposedly the recipient of Russian hacking generosity himself - slammed Qatar for financing terrorism. He did not address the false news report.

"So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off," Trump said in a series of tweets. "They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!"

Well, no, because according to CNN it wasn't terrorism that sparked this whole thing. It was... Russian hackers. Meanwhile, the real sponsors of terrorism in the region, Saudi Arabia which recently signed US weapons deals amounting to over a hundred billion dollars got a clean pass, now that Qatar emerged as the Middle eastern bogeyman. incidentally, 15 of 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudi citizens and last year, Congress passed a bill allowing US citizens to sue Saudi Arabia for its involvement in Sept 11.

CNN said that neither the FBI nor the CIA would comment. A spokeswoman for the Qatari embassy in Washington said the investigation is ongoing and its results would be released publicly soon, but not soon enough, and certainly not before CNN managed to break yet another geopolitical crisis being blamed on Russia.

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Sarcasm aside, if indeed this is the story Qatar is going with, it should provide the country with an "out" from the 24 hour ultimatum that Saudi Arabia gave to Qatar as reported earlier, even if Saudi demands had nothing to do with a "hacked statement", and instead the two main demands by Saudi Arabia are that Qatar end all ties Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

Even more amusing, moments ago the Muslim country of Mauritania located in the African Maghreb joined the Saudi alliance, and also cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, saying that Qatar propagated "extremist ideas and spread anarchy and tensions in many Arab countries causing big humanitarian disasters in these countries, in Europe and in the world." 

Wait for it... it was the Russians. 

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The silver lining to all of the above is that the Comey hearing, which earlier today lost some of its pay-per-view appeal after it was reported that the former FBI director would not accuse Trump of obstructing justice, just got interesting again.

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MadHatt's picture

Sounds legit to me. /s

Son of Captain Nemo's picture


Only read today that matters ( And why you will only see escalation at the border(s) of Syria and Iraq ( continuing to indiscriminately maim and kill in a vain attempt to control "what it can't control" ANY LONGER...

Hear that sound?... It's the sound of something hitting the ground from 50,000 feet Only it's not the NYSE... It's the bond market. And USD is about to do it's last "sword dance" with the Tel Aviv Kikes and Riyadh towel heads FOR GOOD!!!

RedDwarf's picture

Man, them Russians must be God level supermen to get all this done with a tiny fraction of America's military budget.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Man, them Russians must be God level supermen to get all this done with a tiny fraction of America's military budget.

+ $24 trillion RD

Ms No's picture

The CIA must have a star gate transport to Doha.  They solved that case fast.  The Russian hackers must have left a note with a copy of their passports.


Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"The CIA must have a star gate transport to Doha. They solved that case fast. The Russian hackers must have left a note with a copy of their passports."...

Now all we need M N is for the Langley/DOD/CNN "music box" to turn it into a war on Russia!

Somethin tells me after 16 years of abject failure and fried pill heads in uniform that are only good at teaching this ( to create the "new recruits"... It will take much... much... more than a few tons of nanothermite this time to "SELL THE NEXT ONE"!!!

Non-Corporate Entity's picture

I wanted to read the article, but the Russians wouldn't let me. Damn those Ruskies!!!

viator's picture

Russian hackers caused the Celtics to lose the playoffs!

ogretown's picture

Wow. Russian Hackers walk on water, get all the chicks for free and their money for nuthin.  When they walk down the street minions push pregnant woman, old people with canes, baby carriages and other mere mortals out into the traffic and the rest of the adoring throng cheers.  There is absolutely nothing the Russian Hackers cannot accomplish once they set their minds to it. I would suspect that by next week they will have a cure for cancer, a pill fat lesbians can take to melt the cellulite off their thighs, cure baldness. After that, who knows what these Gods among men will do. Rumor has it they can write a line of code and *poof*  - a cure for liberalism, small cock syndrome and faggotology disappears almost overnight.    

dark fiber's picture

Seriously, are there still any people that believe what CNN says?  I mean people outside special care institutions for the mentally deficient.  Serious question.

earleflorida's picture

this is getting to funny in keeping up appearances without crying `god's sake

Gorgeous's picture

KSA:  Do we look like a bitch?

Q:  What?



KSA:  Then why are you trying to fuck us like a bitch and work a deal with the Ayatollah??

Q.  We didn't!  The Russians, the Ruskies did it!!  They hacked us bad!  Just ask CNN, they saw it!


viator's picture

CNN says Russia is funding the Russian Army!

samsara's picture

"US Intelligence Says Russian Hackers Are To Blame For Qatar Crisis: CNN"

US Intelligence Says Russian Hackers Are To Blame For Qatar Crisis: CIA

Fixed it for you

JackMeOff's picture

Is this an attempt of "self-reporting" by the CIA?

Cluster_Frak's picture

is anyone really buing this pile of s*^t anymore?

dlfield's picture

"...the Russian goal appears to be to cause rifts among the US and its allies."

They have no need to...we have an extensive history of doing an outstanding job of that on our own, thanks.

Yen Cross's picture

  The Russians ate my homework.

Ms No's picture

Not only is the military empire spread thin but so apparently are the overpaid idiots who generate these memes.  This is absolutely intolerable.  If you could judge an empire's decline on the ludicrous BS they use as justifications, then the end should be close at hand. This is flat earth shit. 

The Saudi poet crucifiers that are destroying Yemen civilians and funding ISIS are forcing Qatar to heel over terrorism?  Some girl named Winning just leaked NSA documents on Russian election hacking.... that never happened?  After Vince Foster shot himself repeatedly, a UN guy due to testify about Hillary died by barbell and the cop camera footage for Seth Rich's death is missing?   The US couldn't stop ISIS from stealing Syria's oil, Dabiq's website it too "unsophisticated" for the CIA to shutdown and a bunch of guys with box cutter did building 7?

The curtains are pulling back.  Before long they will say shut up or we will kill you.  Looking back you could see all of this coming when they put SA on the human rights council.  They were trying to shine the turd up for future utility.


WTFUD's picture

Russia + Iran + Qatar = 2/3 World's Proven Gas Reserves. Nice little Club there!

Saudi's Sovereign Wealth Fund is losing $100 billion a year. Qatar's'll pass them in 2 years.

The Social Cost of Propping up the Dictatorships of Vichy DC and The House of Saud is leading both to the poor house.

The Goldman-Morgan-Family Algos can't save 'em

Ms No's picture

Do you think that we might end up running low on oil before long?  The bakken has bad EROEI, isn't making money.  Saudis are taking their oil public.  Maybe they are worried that Russia, Iran and Qatar could replace them as the big monopoly over energy.  I am just trying to see how all this fits with the big effort recently to flood the market with oil and gas.  We still haven't paid for the "miracle" yet and somebody is keeping it afloat.  Maybe we have bigger oil problems coming than we think, or oil problems in all the wrong spots.


Able Ape's picture

Cookie Monster says: "Me like Russians, taste better than cookie..."

Catahoula's picture

Warms my heart with laughter

GracchusBrothers's picture

The "Deep State", "Shadow Government", "NWO", "Global Elite" or whomever are in charge are bound and determined to provoke a war with Russia come hell or high water! 

Dangerous times we are living in.


ptoemmes's picture

I wonder when Vlad will stop being amused by all this "losing your minds" stuff.

hooligan2009's picture

there are many democrat (obama/clinton) holdovers in the alphabet soup.

CNN taps into these libtard socialist sympathizers that have bankrupted the country with false flag wars and scaremogering. without russia as an enemy, the US would be a happier and wealthier place with more support going to parties that support "smaller government, lower taxes and a smaller military"

Qatar and Saudi hate each other because Qatar and Saudi drain the same oil and gas reservoirs. Kuwait did the same to Iraq, Sadam invaded after getting the ok from the US (Rumsfeld).So does Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

here are some power owner/brokers in the middle east, whose interest are being "proxy" fought over.


Vageling's picture

So this is the strategy. Two years ago they fed us hollywood salafi shit. Now it's Russia. Without the hollyweird crap. Sadfefe! 

WTFUD's picture

Don't blame it on the sunshine, don't blame it on the moonlight, don't blame it on the good times, blame it on the R . . . . . . .

messystateofaffairs's picture

No. Really? Ya don't say. Who woulda guessed? Thank you so much for that valuable info. Have a nice day now.

dangerb407's picture

Dear CIA/CNN spooks:  Please hire some new script writers.    The Russia narrative and amateur false flags where it is clear you aren't even trying are becoming tedious

cannonfodder's picture

The ludicrous accusations are coming so fast and furious that they don't even have time to refine them into a credible story line.  They are obviously in full panic and very nervous with the approaching collapse.

mc888's picture

This has Clinton written all over it. Weren't we just talking about how she stashed 1.8 Bil over there?

Clinton cash - Clinton russia hoax - Clinton pwned FBI Director provides 'expert witness' analysts.

Reported by Clinton News Network


Hamm Jamm's picture

So ... they are after someone elses Oil again ? 

1)  tell a F-ing lie to sell it

2) start a war

3) send the poor to fight it


and repeat !      

so lame, why don't they have some originality and come up with a new plot ...  its so hollywood, they rehash the same old cookie cutter plot

BustainMovealota's picture

Ahh, so thats the plan.  Set an obvoiusly fake Russian hacking narative early so when a real Russian hacking story hits, everyone accepts it as fake.. nice

This is probably real,  especially since Russia has an investment in preventing non Russian pipes in Syria. 

cannonfodder's picture

Or, maybe, Saudi Arabia - whose reserves are nearly depleted - isn't doing so well stealing Yemeni Oil at the moment and had to call for US reinforcements .... so they set their sights on Qatari oil and gas.  A decade ago, the two countries were joining forces to push a gas pipeline through Syria.  5 years ago, they were joining the coalition to destroy Syria and push their pipeline.  Now Qatar is accused of doing the very thing that the Saudi's have been doing for decades (arming and supporting the terrorists against Assad).

elephant's picture

Russian hackers ate my homework.

williambanzai7's picture

I believe these Russian Hackers are causing global warming...

ClickNLook's picture

They possibly will cause a rapid global warming and the residual radiation.

cannonfodder's picture

If the Russians, with 20% of the population of the USA, can do all these nasty things, in so many places, so thoroughly, with such intensity and frequency, restrained by far smaller budgets, then either the USA should hire them to run the fucking world, or give up trying to do it themselves.

are we there yet's picture

Russias 20% does not have to support our welfare races. I have traveled to Russia several times, and have seen intelligent hard working people. No FSA there. I greatly prefer America, but large parts of our population are unemployable from low IQ and FSA indoctrination.

Mr.Kowalski's picture

Russian spies stole my homework just last week.

Davidduke2000's picture

they keep talking about intelligence, yet I only see stupid people running these departments. The Russians would love to set the Persian gulf on fire and let Iran control the area. but what would hacking do to cause this mess? it's a made up story like the election hacking. 

Thordoom's picture

Yesterday i jokingly asked  here in one ZH post" When they are goign to blame Russians for this and  especially Putin" .Little i knew that today they actually blame Russian for it. I had to double facepalm myself becasue one facepalm wouldn't cut in.

dark pools of soros's picture

CNN is ran by complete fag fucks that hate families and still mad at Russia since their Olympics when they tried to force Russia to preach gay ass fucking to kids

Big Twinkie's picture

there is nothing in this world that Russian hackers can't do.

Maybe the Cavs can get some help with Golden State...

BeerMe's picture

So if Russia is taking over...Does that mean more gorgeous Russian women?  Fine by me.

captain-nemo's picture

So what.  If Russia has contributed to this "crisis" , it's a good thing and they should be thanked.  What the f*** is the matter with the American intelligence agencies?