More details have emerged on the charges in the lawsuit filed by a prominent US politician against the former UN envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar for being a “secret agent of Qatar.”
The lawsuit has been filed by former Republican National Committee deputy finance chair Elliott Broidy, who insists that Benomar worked on behalf of Qatar to help hack computers belonging to Broidy and his company, and disseminate information found there to reporters.
The lawsuit, filed on Monday, accuses the Zionist Organization of America president Morton Klein, of having had several phone and text conversations with the Qatari agent, Benomar, including on June 6, the day that Klein and other prominent Qatar-tied Jewish figures broke with Doha.
Klein who visited Doha in January, took two donations of $50,000 each that were later revealed to have come from Qatar.
Then, Klein again denounced the country and says he didn’t know the money was from there and that he wouldn’t have accepted it if he had known. He said he returned it to the man who gave it to him.
Klein’s ZOA emerged as the Jewish organization with the most access to some of the now former senior advisors of President Trump.
US based outlet Forward, quoted Klein as saying he had “no idea” whether former United Nations Under-Secretary General Jamal Benomar, was in fact working for the Qataris without proper disclosure to the US Justice Department.
He admitted that he had spoken with Benomar “a number of times” but declined to disclose the details of their conversations.
Broidy’s filing claims that Benomar made frequent calls and texts to Klein during the time that the ZOA was warming up to Qatar. Benomar allegedly spoke by phone with Klein two weeks after Klein returned from his January visit to Qatar.
The call was also two days after kosher restaurateur-cum-lobbyist Joey Allaham says he facilitated a second payment of $50,000 from Qatar to the Jewish advocacy agency.
Allaham later filed paperwork with the Department of Justice disclosing that he had worked as an agent of Qatar.
According to the lawsuit, Benomar had conducted phone and text correspondence with prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz before his sponsored trip to Qatar in February.