Shady Company Exposed for Destroying Reputations of European Muslims

In a shocking revelation, a dark PR company has been uncovered for launching extensive slander campaigns against Muslims in Europe. The mastermind behind these operations? The head of the United Arab Emirates.

It all began on a Monday afternoon, July 9, 2018, when an editor of the renowned weekly magazine Elsevier stumbled upon an intriguing tip in their inbox. The sender, Laurent Martin, claimed to have information of significant interest. Little did they know that this would unravel a web of deceit.

A week prior, several Islamic organizations had penned an open letter to European Commissioner Frans Timmermans, urging him to take stronger action against Islamophobia. However, according to the informant, the Muslim Brotherhood was the driving force behind this initiative. The tipster explained how the signatories could all be somehow linked to this “radical” Islamic movement.

Responding to the tip, the Elsevier editor wasted no time in delving into the matter. Armed with the information, the magazine published an article on its website titled “Muslim Brotherhood lobbies Frans Timmermans.” The piece alleged that the open letter originated from “numerous organizations that are somehow connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Unbeknownst to Elsevier, the entire tip and the persona of Laurent Martin were fabricated. It was all part of a grand scheme to tarnish the reputations of prominent Muslims across Europe.

This secret operation traces back to 2017, when an escalating neighbourhood dispute between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar. While the UAE shares the conservative Sunni ideology with the Muslim Brotherhood, it perceives the group as a threat due to its political aspirations.

Following the Arab Spring in 2011, Muslim Brotherhood affiliates came to power in various countries through democratic elections. Fearing a similar fate, the rulers of the UAE sought to diminish the influence of Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood through a European PR offensive.

To execute their plan, the Emir of the UAE, Mohammed bin Zayed (also known as ‘MbZ’), brought in a special guest to the Gulf. Detective Mario Brero, founder of the Swiss intelligence and communications agency Alp Services, arrived in Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s capital, on August 8, 2017. From a luxurious hotel, Brero communicated with his Emirati contact, Matar, an intelligence officer.

Brero pitched the Emiratis the idea of launching a campaign targeting the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. His proposal involved discreetly and massively disseminating embarrassing and compromising information to discredit their targets. He stressed the effectiveness of such tactics, citing the impact of “fake news” in the United States presidential elections. Brero convinced the Emiratis that similar tools could be used against their opponents.

Intrigued by the proposal, the Emiratis initially signed a contract with Alp Services for four to six months, amounting to 1.5 million euros. This contract was later extended, with Mohammed bin Zayed allocating at least 5.7 million euros to Alp Services over the years for defamation campaigns against prominent Muslims in Europe.

The shocking truth behind these operations came to light through a recent massive leak at Alp Services. Hackers obtained over seventeen gigabytes of incriminating evidence, including emails, phone calls, photos, and internal reports. French investigative platform Mediapart received this trove of information and shared it with NRC and other media outlets within the European Investigative Collaborations network.

The leaked data exposed the systematic discrediting of Islamic organizations, activists, and politicians by linking them to the Muslim Brotherhood. The victims of these campaigns numbered at least a thousand Muslims and four hundred organizations across eighteen European countries. Their names were shared with the Emiratis, who presented them on a map resembling a “mafia-like network.”

Even the Netherlands was not spared, as a member of parliament from the GreenLeft party faced a barrage of controversy following an aggressive campaign against her organization. The operations involved the creation of fake online profiles, payments to journalists and scientists, and the manipulation of politicians.

This revelation serves as a grave reminder of the lengths some entities are willing to go to destroy the reputations of innocent individuals. The impact of such insidious campaigns on individuals, communities, and society as a whole cannot be underestimated. As the full extent of this scandal continues to unfold, it raises critical questions about the ethical boundaries of PR and the need for transparency in shaping public discourse.

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