Revealed: Many CNN analysts’ ties with Qatari regime


Washington — Several of the so-called national security experts at CNN have direct links to Qatar, according to media reports.

At least four CNN regulars, two of whom are full-time employees, were identified as Qatar-tied propagandists.

A CNN regular who was prominently featured in the network’s anti-Saudi Arabia documentary, Ali Soufan is the executive director of the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS), which is based in Doha and funded by the Qatari regime. According to the Wall Street Journal, Soufan has a “personal relationship” with the top leadership of Qatar.

CNN regular Mehdi Hasan is a longtime presenter for Al Jazeera.

“Mr. Hasan works for Al Jazeera, the Qatari-owned media enterprise that advances the interests of the state and its royal family. When he speaks, he’s no less a government spokesman than Kellyanne Conway or Sarah Sanders,” explained David Reaboi of the Security Studies Group in a Washington Times column last week.

Juliette Kayyem, a CNN national security analyst, is a board member of the International Center for Sport Security (ICSS), a front group controlled by Qatar.

Unlike the other individuals on this list, lead CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen does not appear to have a direct link to a Qatari state institution. However, Bergen, a regular visitor to Doha pushes blatant pro-Qatar agitprop when it comes to Middle East affairs. — Agencies