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Khashoggi, Washington Post involved in dirty propaganda against KSA, funded by Qatar

Late journalist Jamal Khashoggi
The Washington Post has caused itself a major scandal since it has come to light they and their martyred “reformer” Jamal Khashoggi, were publishing anti-Saudi propaganda for Qatar, President of Security Studies Group, Jim Hanson stated.

Hanson said in an article published on the Federalist on Thursday that The Washington Post tried to bury this fact in a pre-Christmas Saturday news dump, however, such an approach will damage their reputation.

“The text messages between Khashoggi and an executive at Qatar Foundation International show that The Washington Post executive, Maggie Mitchell Salem, at times shaped the columns he submitted to the famous US newspaper, proposing topics, drafting material to write about, and prodding him to take a harder line against the Saudi government,” the Post wrote December 21.

The Post says they were unaware of this, although Khashoggi’s Qatar connections were well known to everyone. They will have to explain whether it was an incompetence in connecting these dots, or simply they didn't pau attention to the real intention behind Khashoggi’s attacks on President Trump and the Saudis, as they fit right in with their purposes. However, the Qatar Foundation denies they were paying him to produce the anti-Saudi material.

The Washington Post is known for it attempts to turn the US policy against Saudi Arabia, in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Qatar supports in spite of its status as a terrorist organization in most of Arab countries.

On the other hand, Turkey controls the narrative after the killing of Khashoggi, as the only primary source for media, with Qatar backing up their tales. Both had been eager partners to feed the western media with their lies. “The Turkish media presented the narratives, as well as the Arabic-speaking media controlled by the Turkish-ally Qatar, were a trusted source for all the western media," Hanson said.

There has been a restless effort to use those allegations to weaken the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in general, and to damage its relationship with the United States specifically. Khashoggi’s editor at the Washington Post, Karen Attiah, led her paper’s media crusade that even called for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to be deposed: “No one is asking to throw away the relationship with Saudi Arabia. This is about putting all of our US eggs in the basket of a dangerous man, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman,” she said.

Qatar has become an increasingly malign influence in the Middle East and unfortunately, around the world. The United States has a longstanding relationship with them, including the CENTCOM Forward base there. But they have been building suspicious alliances with countries like Russia, Iran, and Turkey in ways that are counterproductive to the US interests. They have also decided to withdraw from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), a move that will further estrange it from the other Gulf states and OPEC nations.

Qatar has done things cannot be tolerated, including hacking US citizens' accounts to gain information for blackmail or influence operations. The hacking seems to have been approved and coordinated by the Qatari government, and it targeted number of think tanks and national security professionals.

"The extent and volume of information that they were able to obtain in these subpoenas goes beyond the capabilities of an individual, it should be a state-organized operation,” said Sam Rubin, a vice president of Crypsis Group, a cybersecurity firm

Qatar has been a US intermediary to numerous extremist groups, including the current peace negotiations with the Taliban in Afghanistan, and delivering the ransom for releasing Bowe Bergdahl; this shows their strong connections to terrorists and its continues financing to their terrorist operations. The five Taliban leaders involved in the trade for Bergdahl joined the Taliban’s political offices in Qatar.

No one can deny that Qatar and Turkey both benefit from these attacks on Saudi Arabia, trying to parley them into actual gains. Erdogan was bold enough to actually ask for the United States to expel Fethulla Gulen, his main political rival, who resides in the US as a green card holder. The irony of Erdogan using the death of a Saudi opposition activist to ask for the extradition of opposition leaders he would most likely kill is stunning. Qatar has been pushing to stop the Gulf Arab blockade against it without addressing its terrorism financing and other malign actions that led to it.

President Trump has extended the hand of friendship to Turkey in conjunction with the US withdrawal from Syria. But Qatar seems to have a hand in the bad things going on in far too many places these days to be considered any kind of an ally. It is time to consider the many ways they are acting against US interests and make decisions about future relations based on that.
Last Modified: Saturday، 29 December 2018 02:06 AM