World Cup host, Qatar's former CIA officer reveals spying for FIFA officials
It has been revealed that Qatar has been spying on top officials of FIFA, the world governing body of football, for many years through a former CIA official in a bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
According to a study by the Associated Press, this is part of a trend in which former US intelligence officers work for foreign governments with questionable human rights record, and the CIA officer said. Serve Qatar in the same vein. The Football World Cup is the most popular sporting tournament in the world and it is also an opportunity for Qatar, one of the richest countries in the world, to be a part of the World Cup.
The AP's investigation found that Qatar hired Kevin Chalker, a former CIA officer who became a private contractor, to help him acquire hosting rights.He was tasked with tracking down bidding rivals as well as spying on key FIFA officials who were to host the 2010 World Cup. According to the AP news agency, he worked in Qatar for many years to keep an eye on football critics in Qatar.
The AP's investigation is based on interviews with Chalkar's former colleagues, as well as reviews of contracts, receipts, emails and business documents. A review of the records revealed that under the surveillance work, someone was hired as a photojournalist to monitor the bids of the rival country so that he could keep an eye on the bids of the competitors while people were also trapped through Facebook. An attempt was made to get close to the target by posting an online picture of an attractive girl.
Chalkar and those working for Qatar somehow managed to seize the cell phone call logs of at least one high-ranking FIFA official before the 2010 voting process, which further aided their work. Chalkar also promised Qatar that he would help the country maintain a large population of foreign workers, as Qatar, with a population of 2.8 million, has only 300,000 local citizens and the tournament will be held in Qatar. They rely on foreign workers to build stadiums and other infrastructure.
Qatari government and FIFA officials were contacted for comment, but declined to comment. In addition to opening the Doha office, Chalkar, who has a Qatari government e-mail account, said in a statement provided through his correspondent that he and his companies had never been involved in illegal surveillance.
Chalker declined an interview request and refused to answer detailed questions about the work for the Qatari government, claiming that many of the documents the AP reviewed were forged. The Associated Press reviewed hundreds of pages of documents from Chalkar's companies, including a revised 2013 report, which included several photos of Chalkar's staff meeting with various football officials.
Various important steps were taken to ascertain the authenticity of the documents, but Chakar, on the other hand, did not provide any evidence to the AP to substantiate his position that these documents were forged. One of the documents the AP reviewed to find out details of the work done by Chalkar and his companies for Qatar was filed by Elliott Brody, a fundraising company for former US President Donald Trump. The last case is also included because it also mentions the activities of the former CIA officer and his associates.
Brody had filed a lawsuit against Chalkar, accusing him of conducting a large-scale hacking and espionage campaign to spy on FIFA officials at the behest of Qatar.
Brody's lawyers declined to comment, but Chalkar's legal team insisted the case was unfounded. Former associates say Chalkar's companies provide intelligence as well as various services to Qatar. According to his former colleagues, Chalkar served as an operations officer at the CIA for about five years. Operations officers usually work undercover and try to recruit spies from the United States, the CIA declined to comment because it does not refer to its former officers.
According to former colleagues, Chalkar was an attractive candidate for the Qatari authorities because of his CIA background. Former CIA agents working abroad do not always act in the best interests of the United States, as exemplified by the fact that Qatar's biggest rival for the 2022 World Cup bid was the United States and the United States. Bidders included former President Bill Clinton and other prominent figures.