Sunday, July 29, 2018

Qatar Accused Of 'Black Ops' Plot To Sabatoge World Cup Bid After Emails Leaked

The Sunday Times is out with a bombshell front page story this morning that's stirring fresh outrage over longtime rumors and accusations of wrongdoing and corruption in Qatar's campaign to secure hosting for the 2022 World Cup, which it was awarded by FIFA in 2010.

The Times has obtained emails it says shows a successful "black ops" campaign involving ex-CIA agents working on behalf of Qatar to smear chief rivals Australia and the United States, as well as countries like Japan and South Korea.

According to the Sunday Times:

Emails from a whistleblower show how the bid paid a public relations firm and former CIA agents to pump out fake propaganda about its main rivals, the United States and Australia, during its successful campaign to host the next World Cup.

The campaign involved recruiting influential people to attack the bids in their own countries, seeking to create the impression that there was “zero support” for the World Cup domestically.

This is perhaps the most interesting twist to the story — the charge that "influencers" were paid to propagandize inside their own countries to the impression there was "zero support" among the population to host the World Cup. Thus former CIA agents used their experience to allegedly manipulate public opinion domestically while on the dime of an Arab gulf country.

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