GOP fundraiser Broidy files lawsuit against former UN official

Top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy filed a lawsuit on Monday against a former senior United Nations official, accusing the official of being an unregistered agent of Qatar who worked to silence the GOP donor and other critics of the country.

In a court filing Monday, Broidy accused former U.N. Under-Secretary-General Jamal Benomar of acquiring stolen information including emails from his computer and sending them to U.S. news outlets in an effort to hurt him.

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Benomar "helped to mastermind the dissemination of stolen materials to the media and other third parties” and “spoke regularly with senior Qatari officials," Broidy alleges in the filing.

Benomar was not immediately reachable.

Broidy's accusation centers around the hacking of his emails earlier this year, which were provided to media outlets including Associated Press. The emails detailed how Broidy was promised hundreds of millions of dollars in consulting contracts from the United Arab Emirates while pushing anti-Qatar policies with the White House.

The UAE, along with other regional countries such as Saudi Arabia, cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing the small country of supporting terrorism. Qatar has strongly denied the accusations. 

The lawsuit also alleges that Benomar used his official position at the U.N., where he remains a special adviser, to “advance the Qatari agenda." Broidy's lawyers wrote in the court filing that Benomar, a British citizen, has been in contact with Qatari officials for months while operating without a lobbying designation in the U.S.

Qatar has fiercely denied involvement in the hack of Broidy's emails, calling his claims “completely fabricated and without merit," including his assertion that the county operates a “network of undisclosed agents” in the U.S.

"Mr. Broidy's latest false allegation is yet another desperate attempt to divert attention from his own illegal activities. His claims are completely fabricated and without merit. He attempts to portray Qatar as the aggressor, when he knows full well Qatar does not operate in this matter.