According to the new court filing, Koch- and a pro-Iranian scholar at the Soros-backed Quincy Institute were more involved than ever before in an international private spy operation targeting critics of Gulf state Sheikh.
A British private eye, filed last month in an affidavit in the UK, said Quincy’s colleagues and OneTime Foreign agent Amir Handjani, along with a lawyer for Ras al-Khaimah (RAK) in a small United Kingdom, “instructed” him to finance the case of a Jordanian businessman who was being held and tortured by the RAK in a black site prison. Private Eye said it later enlisted an Israeli hacker to handle the case. The affidavit did not specify who was specifically targeted in the investigation.
At the time, Handjani was an adviser to Sheikh Saud bin Sakar al-Qasim, the dictator of the RAK, who was involved in a number of cases alleging that his leadership and advisers hired personal spies and hackers to dig up dirt on enemies. RAK is one of the seven monarchies of the United Arab Emirates and its ruler is known to have deep financial and diplomatic ties with Iran.
Handjani was a vocal media advocate for the Iran nuclear deal, including several prominent DC-based think tanks, including the Truman National Security Project, and the Atlantic Council last year. His role as an advisor to hostile foreign leaders and a registered foreign agent for the Saudi Public Investment Fund – as well as a think tank donor and expert – illustrates the seeds and complex ways in which foreign governments can influence American political discourse. Where his work has been published as a publication Foreign policy And Bloomberg.
Handjani has denied knowledge of the alleged hacking campaign, but court investigations by personal investigators have raised questions about Handjani’s role in approving at least one private espionage operation conducted in 2020 এবং and led to a request that Handjani return the records as part. Separate U.S. federal lawsuits.
Handjani did not respond to a request for comment.
British private investigators say that during a breakfast meeting at the Royal Automobile Club in early 2020, Handjani and Dacharth attorney Neil Gerrard instructed him to investigate the funding of a lawsuit against RAK.
“One of the topics of conversation that morning was the financing of various activities involving RAK,” the personal investigator wrote in the affidavit.
“[Gerrard] Then the words to this effect said ‘We need you to find out who is giving the meaning of all this.’ Neil and Amir then instructed me to do it, “the private investigator continued.
The British private investigator says he hired a former Israeli intelligence operative who produced a report that was sent to Handjani via an encrypted messaging system, according to evidence indicating that Israeli investigators regularly used SIGINT, a term that means “hacking.” Unauthorized access to confidential emails and other confidential electronic data.
A case has been registered against Handjani for his alleged involvement in the plot. Handjani’s lawyers are fighting against this movement.
Andrew Lavender, DeChart’s lawyer, has threatened to sue RAK’s investment fund attorney. Washington Free Beacon For defamation for coverage of Handjani’s role as an adviser to the authoritarian Sheikh.
Gerard and DeChart have also been the subject of lawsuits for alleged hacking operations. “We have no comment on the activities outside of this, and we are defending the lawsuits against the firm and its partners,” DeChart said. Free beacon.
The Quincy Institute did not respond to a request for comment. The Atlantic Council said Handjani left the group’s board last year.
A spokesman for the Truman National Security Project said the think tank “does not comment on ongoing legal investigations, especially as they relate to issues outside our organization. However, we have a strict code of conduct for our members and fellows and those who do not comply with our policies May be removed from. “
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