Federal Bureau of Investigation experts visited Qatar in late May to analyze an alleged cyber breach that saw the hackers place the fake story with Qatar's state news agency, the USA broadcaster said.
"The UAE attorney general warns that any participation in conversation or social media or any other means that demonstrates sympathy to Qatar or protests the position of the UAE and other states against the Qatari government may face a prison sentence of three to 15 years and a fine of no less than 500,000 dirhams ($136,125, 120,715 euros)", said a statement carried by the Gulf News and Al-Bayan newspapers.
A senior Emirati official told AFP this week's decision was not aimed at a change of regime in Qatar but to pressure the country to reshape its policy. It said hackers installed a file and then published a fake news item attributed to Sheikh Tamim just after midnight May 24.
"We are not ready to surrender, and will never be ready to surrender, the independence of our foreign policy".
Saudi Arabia and allies, which have cut ties with Doha today issued a list of individuals and entities they say are linked to Qatar over "terrorism".
Throughout the interview, Sheikh Mohammed repeatedly denied that Qatar funded extremists and terrorist groups, the main reason given for this week's moves against it.
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The announcement increases pressure on Qatar in a diplomatic and economic campaign to isolate the small Gulf Arab state, which is a critical global supplier of gas and hosts the biggest USA military base in the Middle East.
He said Qatar, as an independent nation, also had the right to support groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, despite the fact that its neighbors outlawed the Sunni Islamist organization.
"So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off", Trump continued.
"They said they would take a hard line on funding. extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end of the horror of terrorism!"
The FBI is helping the government of Qatar investigate what appears to be a hacking of its state news agency, leading to the planting of a fake news story and a growing crisis between Middle East nations, according to multiple reports.