[Ed. – Qatar is just one player. But the regime in Doha, linked to both Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, has played a key role in attacking the U.S. and our regional partners from a pro-Iran perspective, especially since Trump took office. It may be overly optimistic to envision a lot of light being turned on those machinations by a private party’s lawsuit. But even a little light would make headway.]
From March through May of 2018, a tranche of emails purporting to belong to GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy began appearing in major national publications. To say that the purloined emails damaged Broidy’s reputation is sort of like saying the Dresden fire-bombing singed a few items. Because of the publication of the emails, Broidy, then Republican National Committee finance chairman with alleged close ties to President Trump, was forced to resign from the RNC and became a target of a federal investigation (see a sampling here).
Broidy is known to be not friendly to Qatar and its interests and so suspicion for the strike against him fell on the Qatari government and the distribution of his emails looked like they came from Qatar’s deeply entrenched network of influencers in the US. … Now Broidy has filed a new lawsuit that names some interesting names and gives a glimpse into how Qatar works and how an information operation like that the Washington Post launched against the US government’s Middle East policy using the death of Jamal Khashoggi gets traction.