The scandals of the United Arab Emirates continue in the United States, with official US investigations proving that Abu Dhabi has recruited a businessman to spy on the White House.
US authorities have charged businessman Rashid al-Malik of spying on the President Donald Trump administration and collecting information on his policies in the Middle East, Intercept said.
The site published a lengthy investigation, in which it pointed out that the US intelligence services concluded that al-Malik served as an intelligence source for the benefit of the UAE throughout 2017, according to media related to the Gulf crisis.
The website quoted private sources as saying that Ali al-Shamsi, who is deputy secretary-general of the Supreme National Security Council in the UAE and close to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, oversaw the work of al-Malik himself.
According to a former US official and documents, al-Malik operators in the UAE intelligence asked him to send reports on issues with consequences for the UAE, such as positions within the Trump administration towards the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as US efforts to mediate between Saudi Arabia and the UAE and Qatar. On meetings between senior US officials and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Bill Coffield, the lawyer of Rashid al-Malik, denied that his client was a spy, and said he was offering, as a businessman, consultations in the context of economic relations with the UAE.
Al-Malik was interrogated by former US special investigator Robert Muller, and his name was circulated as part of a US federal investigation into possible illegal donations by Middle Eastern donors for the Trump installation committee, Intercept reported.
According to the media, al-Malik left the United States after being interrogated as part of the Mueller investigation, after having spent about seven years in Los Angeles.
Prior to his move to the United States, he held a position in a body supported by the UAE government. After he moved to the United States, he managed to establish broad relations, Especially with Thomas Barak, an American businessman who is an ally of Trump who served as chairman of the Trump Commission after his election.
Intersput investigation mentioned that al-Malik was receiving tens of thousands of dollars a month from the government of his country for this work, which is illegal in the eyes of US laws; because he does not represent an official body.
The New York Times reported in a report earlier this month that US investigators were investigating the possibility that Rashid Al Malik was a partner in an illegal scheme to influence Trump’s management. The New York Times reported that the Office of Special Inspector Robert Mueller questioned UAE investor Rashid Al Malik and his brother.
The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince counselor was arrested by the US authorities about a week ago at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and later was brought before the courts where he was charged with possessing and promoting child pornography.
The Washington Post reported that it had seen official documents that a court in Virginia had given Nader possession of sex tapes for children.
Investigators found pornographic films for children on the phone of a Lebanese-American businessman, sources said.
A federal court in New York State later ordered George Nader to be transferred to a federal court in Virginia on the same charges.
The federal court warned Nader of attempting to escape from the United States under the pretext of his health condition. George Nader’s lawyer sought to secure his stay in a private residence or hospital in Virginia because of his health status until his trial.
The lawyer said his client lives in Abu Dhabi and that he was brought to New York from Dubai for treatment after complications from heart surgery in Germany.
The scandal of the pornographic adviser to Mohammed bin Zayed an expression of the abnormalities of the policies of the UAE.