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    Our Own Ally Just Got Caught Spying on Us – Years of Meddling Right Under Our Nose

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    According to three intelligence sources contacted by The Washington Post, the United Arab Emirates has been involved in a protracted spying effort to undermine the American administration.

    According to a report examined by the concerned officials, the Gulf Arab country interferes in American politics using both classic espionage and political bribery, the Washington Post reports.

    According to a verbal summary of the report provided to the Post and published on Saturday, agents of the Middle Eastern kingdom rely on “campaign contributions, susceptibility to powerful lobbying firms and lax enforcement of disclosure laws intended to guard against interference by foreign governments.”

    The government of the nation has paid lobbyists for the Emirates more than $154 million since 2016, according to the Post’s assessment of the investigation.

    With the hope that they will produce material favorable to Emirati interests, the nation has invested even more money in colleges and think tanks.

    According to the American Security Project, the United Arab Emirates is nominally favorable to the United States because there are three American military bases there and 5,000 American service people who are stationed there.

    The disruption is hardly brand-new.

    According to the New York Post, the dossier on Emirati espionage activities highlighted deception that has existed under numerous presidential administrations.

    The espionage report detailed well-funded operations that were successful in paying off three former U.S. intelligence and military personnel to spy on American politicians, media, and corporations in order to serve Emirati objectives.

    The Washington Post was not immediately given a copy of the study on Emirati deception by intelligence sources.

    According to the Associated Press, three former American army and intelligence personnel were found guilty of violating export regulations by working for a state-controlled Emirati corporation that last year infiltrated computer systems in America and other countries.

    More on this story via The Western Journal:

    The oil-wealthy nation has responded to global energy shortages by cutting its own production, according to Reuters.

    The UAE isn’t a democracy.

    Power in the nation is held by a dynastic council of hereditary emirs, and the country holds a dismal 17/100 score in Freedom House’s democratic rankings.

    The UAE and its neighbor Saudi Arabia have an antagonistic relationship with Iran, and seek American security assistance with hopes of influencing their Shia Muslim rival. CONTINUE READING…

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