(MENAFN- The Peninsula) By Irfan Bukhari / The Peninsula
After triggering the crisis with the help of fake news published on hacked QNA website, the blockading countries are trying to advance their mysterious agendas on crutches of fake news but to no avail.
A number of media outlets operating from the siege countries miss no day to run fabricated news stories against Qatar to damage its global image and in the latest attempt Al Arabiya falsely attributed a statement to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange which has been termed ‘absurd' by none other than Assange himself.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has slammed Saudi Arabia's Al Arabiya network for publishing ‘absurd' reports against Qatar. On his twitter account, he quoted an Al Arabiya false report attributing to him saying that the network was publishing 'absurd fabrications regarding the ongoing Gulf Crisis.
Assange rebutted claims made in a news report published by the Al Arabiya, UAE-based news outlet, that he had withheld 'dangerous cables related to alleged meetings between officials from Qatar, Israel and the US to incite unrest in Egypt.
The Al Arabiya report has also accused Assange of receiving 'huge sums of money from Qatar to withhold the alleged cables.
'The Al Arabiya network (HQ in UAE) has been publishing increasingly absurd fabrications as the UAE vs Qatar dispute continues. One from today, Assange tweeted.
In the fake news, Al Arabiya has quoted him as saying that 'he has seven cables about Qatar and only five were published after Qatar negotiated with the website's administration.
Ahmed Yousif said: 'Al Arabiya must be proud of their lack of professional work. No self-respect at all?!
Replying to Assange's tweet, Nikinina says Al Arabiya is absurd, not credible at all! Another twitter user Wendy tweeted: 'Al Arabiya TV means fake news what do you expect from them!!
Faddel tweeted: 'They are always liars. They lie to us all the time, while another twitter user @HHBintAbdula said: 'Not a surprise. That's the only thing Al Arabiya does well.
Ibrahim tweeted, 'Al Arabiya network is a propaganda network for the Saudi government.
Another twitter user, Abdulla Al Qatari said: 'Julian if you have documents to prove anything against them (siege countries) related to their allegations on Qatar, I would advise (you) to publish them. Bust them.
Meanwhile, a Dubai TV aired another fake news about Qatar in which it was claimed that the troops including Turkish troops had been deployed in Doha to suppress anti-government demonstrations in the country. The report has been broadcast quoting 'sources from country's opposition.
It was also claimed in the fake news report that troops including soldiers from Turkey sprayed tear gas at protesters. Al Jazeera has reported that Qatar's government press office yesterday dismissed the report as 'fake news in a statement sent to Al Jazeera, a day after the broadcast which has now been circulated online.
'This is just the latest example of fake news created by the blockading countries, Saif Al Thani, director of Qatar's government press office, told Al Jazeera.
'The blockading countries are becoming increasingly desperate in their efforts to isolate Qatar because the international community has not been fooled by the smear campaign. They are now continuing their focus on public opinion, they are spending millions on creating fake news.
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