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Trump Fundraiser Claims Qatar Used U.S. Firm in Hacking

  • Ex-RNC fundraiser says firm recruited from ex-U.S. operatives
  • Qatar says claims ‘completely fabricated and without merit’
Doha, Qatar.

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Elliott Broidy, a top fund-raiser for President Donald Trump who claimed his computers were breached and emails leaked in actions sponsored by Qatar, now asserts that the actual hacks were coordinated by a U.S. company linked to a former CIA spy.

In an amended lawsuit, Broidy lays out what he says was a coordination between the ex-spy and influential Qataris. One of them, Ahmed al-Rumaihi, has been linked in recent reports to alleged influence-selling efforts involving people close to Trump. In this latest twist, Broidy accuses al-Rumaihi and others of using the hacks to punish him for his behind-the-scenes campaign leading up to a crippling international blockade of Qatar.