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UAE denies hacking Qatari news agency

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DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates has denied that it was responsible for an alleged hacking of the Qatari state news agency and websites earlier this year.

US officials discovered last week that UAE ministers held a meeting on May 23 to discuss plans to hack Qatari  news and social media sites and post false quotes attributed to Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

The hack preceded the current split in Gulf between Qatar and a coalition of four countries that were mounting an economic and diplomatic boycott against it.