Supposedly, Qatar hacked 1,200 social profiles and email accounts of public figures in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, all countries that since June 2017 have interrupted diplomatic relations with Doha and are participating in the embargo against the Emirate.
The indictment comes from Mohamed Fahmy, a former Egyptian journalist in the Qatari Al Jazeera, arrested after the dismissal of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and pardoned in September 2015 by President Abdel Fatah al Sisi.
According to Fahmy’s reconstruction, taken from “al Masry al Youm”, Doha would have used the sending of a documentary to collect data and violate the accounts of around 1,200 personalities throughout the region. The case was denounced by the American businessman Elliott Broidy, who financed the campaign of President Donald Trump in 2015, claiming to have been among the victims of the cyber attack. Fahmy, who after the conclusion of his judicial misadventure become the head of a company called Ensan Films, claims that 450 Egyptian citizens would be on the list of those involved, including billionaire Naguib Sawiris and the outgoing General Secretary of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul – Gheit Ensan Films, in five months of work, could reach all the names of the people to whom the Qatari documentary was sent.
The victims were invited by Fahmy to sign an online petition to denounce Qatar for “electronic terrorism”.