US intelligence report vilifies key ally – WaPo – RT World News

Classified report suggests UAE manipulated Washington’s foreign policy through ‘legal and illegal exploits’

The United Arab Emirates, arguably one of Washington’s most trusted Arab allies, has played US foreign policy by interfering in the US political system using both legal and illegal tactics, officials have allegedly claimed. intelligence in a classified report.

The activities in question spanned multiple U.S. jurisdictions and operated “vulnerabilities” in the U.S. system, including reliance on political contributions and lax enforcement of laws designed to protect against foreign interference, The Washington Post reported Saturday. Some tactics “looks like espionage” the newspaper added, citing three unidentified sources who have seen the classified report.

The report illustrates how the U.S. political system is being distorted by foreign money, a Washington lawmaker told the Post, saying a “A very clear red line must be drawn against UAE play in US politics. I’m not convinced that we ever raised this with the Emiratis at a high level. »

Key US decision makers have reportedly received information about the classified intelligence report in recent weeks. This is an unusual advice for US intelligence agencies, as it concerns a close ally – rather than an adversary, such as Russia, China or Iran – and could be interpreted as a dive into politics. interior, said Bruce Riedel, principal investigator at Brookings Institution.

Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to Washington, has defended the oil-rich nation’s outsized influence in the United States. “It’s hard earned and well deserved” he told the Post. “It is the product of decades of close cooperation between the UAE and the United States and effective diplomacy. It reflects common interests and shared values.

The UAE has spent more than $154 million on lobbyists since 2016, according to US government records, along with hundreds of millions of dollars that have been donated to US colleges and think tanks. Many of these institutions have produced policy papers containing recommendations favorable to the interests of the UAE.

These investments have apparently paid off, as Washington has approved the sale of some of the most advanced US-made weapons, including MQ-9 Predator drones and F-35 fighter jets, to the United Arab Emirates. No other Arab nation enjoyed such privileges because American leaders sought to avoid “diminishing Israel’s qualitative military advantage” in the Middle East, the Post said.

US lawmakers want to punish Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Bordering Saudi Arabia to the southwest and Oman to the east, the oil-rich United Arab Emirates is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). About 2,000 American soldiers and airmen are stationed at al-Dhafra air base in Abu Dhabi, and both countries have supported Saudi Arabia’s war against the Houthis in Yemen, although the Pentagon has stopped supporting “offensive” operations there in 2021, and the UAE withdrew its ground troops in early 2020.

In early August, Washington authorized the sale for $2.2 billion of 96 missiles from the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, to help Abu Dhabi repel potential ballistic missile threats in the region. However, after OPEC+ members announced their decision to cut oil production last month, several US lawmakers accused Washington’s allies of “Alongside Russia” and offered to withdraw troops and missile defense systems from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia as punishment.

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