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Report: U.S. Believes Russia Planted Fake News To Trigger Qatar Crisis

Investigators think that Russian hackers planted a fake news story to successfully cause a rift between Qatar and other allies of the United States in the region, U.S. officials told CNN Tuesday. On May 23, a report on the Qatar News Agency falsely attributed positive remarks about Iran and Israel and negative comments about President Trump to the ruler of Qatar. This fake report helped trigger Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and three other countries to cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar, saying the country was financing terrorism. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told CNN he believes “that the entire crisis” is based on “misinformation.”

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