General view of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 3, 2019. Picture taken January 3, 2019. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/File Photo)
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A United Arab Emirates businessman linked to a probe of illegal donations to Donald Trump's political campaign was paid by his country's intelligence agency to spy on the U.S. president's administration, The Intercept reported Monday.Rashid al-Malik received tens of thousands of dollars a month for gleaning information on Trump administration policy toward the Middle East in 2017, the website said, citing a former U.S. official and documents.He reported back to the UAE's National Intelligence Service on topics of interest to the oil-producing Gulf state -- including U.S. efforts to mediate a Gulf feud involving Qatar -- as well as meetings between U.S. officials and Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, The Intercept said.
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