Doha (AFP) – The FBI is helping Qatar investigate the source of an alleged “hack” of state media which sparked diplomatic tensions in the Gulf, a source with knowledge of the probe said Friday.

An FBI team has been in Doha for the past week after the Qatari government asked for US help following the claim of an unprecedented security breach by hackers last month, the source told AFP.

“American support was requested and a team sent which has been in Doha since last Friday, working with Qatar’s interior ministry,” the source said.

Two other unnamed countries are also helping with the probe.

The results of the investigation could be released as early as next week.

Qatar has said it would publicly announce the results of the investigation.

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Doha launched the probe after accusing hackers of publishing false and explosive remarks attributed to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on the Qatar News Agency website last month.

 

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