How WikiLeaks cables paint UAE motive for Qatar blockade
US embassy cables appear to establish the UAE as the driving force behind the Gulf crisis and a broader crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood.
By: Andrew Chappelle
As Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt started their campaign to isolate Qatar on June 5, 2017, accusing it of aiding “terrorism” and being too close to Iran, the messaging used by the Arab quartet struck a familiar tone.
The blockade against Qatar, now nearing the one-year mark, is often referred to as Saudi-led, but the language used by the “Arab quartet” has been consistent with private statements attributed to UAE Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed (also known as MBZ), as revealed in diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks in 2010 and 2011.