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Sunday, August 05, 2018

The lid is off the well-planned ‘black operations' by Qatar to sabotage the rival bids from the US and Australia for the FIFA 2022 World Cup which Doha was awarded during the FIFA Executive Committee meeting in Zürich on December 2, 2010. The Sunday Times report compiled through leaked emails given to the newspaper by a whistleblower reveals that the sabotage operation was carried out by the New York-based PR firm Brown Lloyd James, now known as BLJ Worldwide. The modus operandi was by using middlemen to approach journalists, academics, bloggers and others to create negative reports on the bids by rival countries. These "middlemen acting for Qatar pretended to represent concerned taxpayers" and they approached two influential professors - one in US and the other in Australia - and offered them payment to write damaging reports against the rival bidders.


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The emails name the following people who played a role in the Qatari plot or just were approached to take part in it:

Ali al-Thawadi, a top Qatari official: The plan to hoodwink Congress was a highly sensitive project that required direct engagement with the top team. One email is addressed directly to Ali al-Thawadi, the deputy chief executive of the Qatar bid. While Ali kept in the shadows, the whistleblower claims the official oversaw the ‘black operations' campaign.

Michael Holtzman, BLJ Worldwide's president: He was the apparent coordinator of the plot, giving the feedback to the Qatar bid in his "strategy" email in May 2010 and listing all the details about the dirty work. For example, he said: "We have recruited the head of the Federation [sic] of Sports Economists to write a major study on how the US World Cup lost money, and how the 2018-2022 proposal would also lose money."

Professor Dennis Coates: The professor, an economist from Maryland University, admitted last week he received $9,000 for the 23-page report that he wrote detailing the negative impact of the bid by Qatar's chief rival US.Coates's report received extensive media coverage, as he was the president of the Association of Sports Economists.

Professor Richard Pomfret: In Australia, the Qatari middlemen through the PR firm zeroes in on economist Professor Pomfret at Adelaide University. Like Professor Coates in the US, Professor Pomfret was offered money to write a critique of Australia's bid - Qatar's second main rival. But the Australian academic did not bite the bait and turned down the offer.


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Is it cheating, or merely an effective multilevel media strategy?

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-08-05 01:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#1 Yes, cheating is an effective strategy.

I feel like you probably didn't have to go to college to learn that, but you did have to go to college to learn how to make rationalizations for cheaters like you did in #1.

This is the star you've hitched your wagon to. Congratulations, you built that!

"pretended to represent concerned taxpayers"

Concern trolling has been elevated to an art form. GoNoles sees a bright future ahead.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-05 01:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"#1 Yes, cheating is an effective strategy. "

Republicans endorse that comment. It's who they are.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2018-08-05 01:46 PM | Reply

Except when it comes down to nut-cuttin' time and you boss and colleagues figure out you don't know what the ---- you're talking about.

So, you end up being relegated to the most tedious -------- possible in the office.

#4 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-08-05 05:05 PM | Reply

"Is it cheating, or merely an effective multilevel media strategy?

#1 | POSTED BY GONOLES92 AT 2018-08-05 01:19 PM | FLAG: "

It is actually both, because the use of a media strategy which in any way comments on the bids of other candidates is against FIFA's rules:


From the article:

" Fifa's rules say World Cup bidders should not make "any written or oral statements of any kind, whether adverse or otherwise, about the bids or candidatures of any other member association"."

#5 | Posted by Foreigner at 2018-08-05 05:30 PM | Reply

"is against FIFA's rules"

Is it really cheating, when you break the rules in order to come out ahead?

You know, like when you take your student loan and spend it on things that break the rules, such as a small investment portfolio.

--GoNoles, the poster child for Republican values

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-05 05:36 PM | Reply

Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you it will!


#7 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-08-05 05:41 PM | Reply

GoNoles92, you might take this as patronizing, but it really isn't meant to come across that way.

Several of the "old-hands" here have taken the trouble to help steer you away from selling your soul for the easy buck.

In movies and TV shows, they rarely exposit the end of slick wording and deception-laden dealings.

They end up in jail, fined, or both. You don't have to believe me, just keep your eyes peeled on what happens to your bosses in the near future.

#8 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-08-05 05:46 PM | Reply

Also, keep in mind that they could be grooming you to be their patsy.

#9 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-08-05 05:51 PM | Reply

Also, keep in mind that they could be grooming you to be their patsy.

#10 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-08-05 05:51 PM | Reply

"Also, keep in mind that they could be grooming you to be their patsy."

Unfortunately, his comments about how great American cybersecurity is suggest that has already happened.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-05 05:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This thread isn't about me, folks, lol.

#12 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-08-05 06:07 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Too bad, we're makin' it about you.

Before the flaming pit of molten sulphur (MP 246.2°F/119°C) singes your backside.

#13 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-08-05 06:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 1


If only you had first hand experience in the topic which you attempt to comment on.

#14 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-08-05 06:14 PM | Reply

I took a removable hard drive into the Defense Intelligence Agency and took it back out again.

What did you do, little one?

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-05 06:17 PM | Reply

Did they find out you misappropriated goverment funds, GoNoles, thus your conversion to armchair cybersecurity Pangloss?

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-05 06:51 PM | Reply

"Do you believe," said Candide, "that men have always massacred each other as they do to-day, that they have always been liars, cheats, traitors, ingrates, brigands, idiots, thieves, scoundrels, gluttons, drunkards, misers, envious, ambitious, bloody-minded, calumniators, debauchees, fanatics, hypocrites, and fools?

"Do you believe," said Martin, "that hawks have always eaten pigeons when they have found them?"

"Yes, without doubt," said Candide.

"Well, then," said Martin, "if hawks have always had the same character why should you imagine that men may have changed theirs?"

"All that is very well," answered Candide, "but let us cultivate our garden."

#17 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-08-05 06:58 PM | Reply

What I can't understand about the decision is why would anyone think it would be a good idea to hole WC in a sundrenched desert? It is going to be a terrible experience for players and fans.

#18 | Posted by danni at 2018-08-07 12:30 PM | Reply

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