Cloak and dagger

The United Arab Emirates is fast emerging as a regional spy hub, with far-reaching ambitions which could potentially impact on people worldwide.

The development of advanced spying tools goes hand in hand with Abu Dhabi’s over-ambitious foreign policy. In recent years the UAE has partnered with Saudi Arabia in launching a war of aggression against Yemen, has played a lead role in isolating Qatar and had dedicated vast sums to propping up the military dictatorship in Egypt, as well as supporting the Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar. The combination of surveillance state and foreign policy over-reach makes the UAE a potent threat to regional stability and a danger to citizens worldwide. In this episode of Under Reported we look at the UAE’s vast investment into the full spectrum of spying capability, from surveillance to eavesdropping, and examine the consequences for both regional stability and the personal safety of individuals worldwide.

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