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Qatar suspected of having targeted several personalities in a spy operation

Michel Platini, leaving the Swiss Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona, June 8, 2022.

In the grip of criticism on several fronts (corruption, human rights, environment), Qatar once again finds itself at the heart of suspicion a few days before “its” Football World Cup. According to a survey by Sunday Times and the journalistic NGO The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ), Sunday, November 6, the gas emirate appears as the alleged sponsor of a global espionage operation carried out against personalities – investigative journalists, political leaders, lawyers – linked in one way or another to the controversial attribution, in December 2010, of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, or criticism of the host country of the tournament.

On the basis of confidential documents, the two British media accuse an Indian company specializing in the technique of “phishing” and its “brain”, Aditya Jain, of having carried out computer attacks against a hundred personalities.

The list of victims of hackers presented by the Sunday Times and the TBIJ is long. They include the former French president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Michel Platini; the President of the Swiss Republic Ignazio Cassis; former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond; Chris Mason, BBC political editor; French Senator (Centrist Union) Nathalie Goulet; director Rokhaya Diallo; the journalist of Mediapart Yann Filipino; Ghanem Nuseibeh, head of the British consulting firm Cornerstone Global; or ex-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

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According to the two British media, Mr. Jain’s main client is Jonas Rey, a private investigator who worked for the Swiss economic intelligence company Diligence Global. This company would have been hired in 2019 “to work on a project related to the World Cup”.

Aditya Jain allegedly admitted in front of two undercover journalists from the Sunday Times getting “the email data of a few high profile people in relation to the International Football Federation [FIFA] »at the request of Jonas Rey, whose client was a ” Gulf States “namely Qatar.

” No proof “

“The TBIJ allegations are manifestly false and baselessreplied a spokesman for the Qatari government. The report relies on a single source who claims that its end customer was Qatar, while there is no evidence for this. »

Among the personalities successfully “hacked” by this network of computer hackers is the British journalist from the Sunday Times Jonathan Calvert, co-author of the book The Ugly Game: The Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup (Simon and Schuster, 2015, untranslated), which came back to the suspicions of corruption surrounding the awarding of the 2022 World Cup. It was under his leadership that the Sunday Times revealed, in 2019, the existence of a contract dating from November 2010 between the Qatari channel Al-Jazeera and FIFA.

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