US intelligence believes the UAE has engaged in a decades-long effort to manipulate the US political system.
The United Arab Emirates, a major US ally in the Middle East, has used legal and illegal measures to push US foreign policy in a direction favorable to the country, according to an intelligence report. The Washington Post.
The newspaper says its reporting is based on interviews with three people who read the report but did not provide them with a copy.
He says the UAE has targeted weaknesses in the U.S. political system, including a “reliance on campaign contributions, susceptibility to powerful lobbying firms, and lax enforcement of disclosure laws intended to guard against against interference from foreign governments.
The report was compiled by the National Intelligence Council and senior lawmakers have been briefed on it in recent weeks.
The United Arab Emirates has reportedly hired three former US intelligence and military officials to help the country break into computers and monitor “dissidents, politicians, journalists and American businesses”.
The men were sued in US federal court last year and after admitting supplying the country with hacking technology, they lost their security clearances and paid $1.7 million to resolve the criminal charges.
UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba told the Job he was “proud of the influence and good reputation of the United Arab Emirates in the United States”.
“It is hard-earned and well-deserved. It is the product of decades of close cooperation between the UAE and the United States and effective diplomacy,” he said in a statement.
“It reflects common interests and shared values.”