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USA Today says FBI helped Dubai capture princess

USA today issued a report that the FBI assisted Dubai to capture Princess Latifa, US citizen Hervé Jaubert and his crew, from his US flagged yacht in international waters. Jaubert and his crew were forcibly taken to the UAE and held for several weeks before release.

A USA Today report makes some serious allegations against the FBI, including violations of protocol and negligence that led to the violent assault and abduction of a US citizen. The report alleges that Sheikh Mohammed claimed to US agents that Latifa had been kidnapped, despite her history of escape attempts. The FBI, it alleges, wanted to play ‘hero’ and help the Sheikh by obtaining locational data via Nostromo’s US based satellite provider, GFH. In the absence of a subpoena, the FBI may have violated local laws and protocols in doing so.

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The FBI, The UAE Embassy in Washington DC, the White House and the State department declined to comment.

According to the source, “The FBI appeared to have departed from its own guidelines for legal attachés, known as "legats," whose collective mission is to cultivate ties with host countries and advance global law enforcement cooperation. Rather than seek a subpoena for Nostromo’s location, they circumvented protocols by contacting GFH and pleading a “public safety emergency”.

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