FBI declassified documents into Saudi 9/11 links

FBI declassified documents into Saudi links
The US on Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released a newly declassified document that looks into connections between the citizens of Saudi Arabia in the US and two of the 9/11 attackers.

Relatives of victims of the horrific attacks have long urged the release of the files, arguing Saudi officials had advance knowledge about the attacks but did not try to stop it.

But the released declassified document provides no evidence that the Saudi government was linked to the 9/11 plot.

Fifteen of the 19 plane hijackers were Saudi citizens.

Ahead of the declassification, Washington’s Saudi embassy welcomed the release of the documents and once again denied any link between Saudi Arabia and the hijackers, describing such claims as “false and malicious”.

The document was declassified on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terror attacks in US history – almost 3,000 people were killed after four planes were hijacked. The documents are the first of several expected to be released.

President Joe Biden was pressured by some of the relatives of the victims to declassify the documents, saying he shouldn’t attend Saturday’s commemoration ceremonies in New York if he was not prepared to release them.

This 16-page FBI declassified document is still heavily redacted and it is based on interviews with a source whose identity is classified (listed as PII) and outlines contacts between a number of Saudi citizens and two of the hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Midhar.

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