Al Arabiya English responds to Julian Assange’s ‘absurd fabrications’ claim

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Monday tweeted that Al Arabiya English had published “increasingly absurd fabrications” linking him to controversial allegations related to Qatar.

Assange was referring to an opinion piece by Bahraini writer Sawsan Al Shaer published earlier this week.

Assange slammed these claims as fabrications, tweeting: “The Al Arabiya network (HQ in UAE) has been publishing increasingly absurd fabrications as the UAE v Qatar dispute continues.”

It is important to note, however, that this article originally appears in Arabic in the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat and Al Arabiya English has no authority in changing the original article.

Ultimately, this article – like all op-eds featured on this website – reflects the point-of-view of the writer and is a re-publication and translation of its original. Al Arabiya English adds a disclaimer to all opinion pieces in order to clarify this point: “Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view”.

Al Arabiya English routinely translates and republishes Arabic language opinion pieces from several media outlets to reflect sentiments from across the region to our Western audiences.

An investigation by Al Arabiya English has found that these claims had been reported by Arabic language media outlets which quoted other UK-based media and were widely circulated in recent months.

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