The document details the hijackers’ contacts with foreign nationals in the U. S. but it does not show that high Saudi government officials were involved in the plot.
The Saudi Embassy in Washington stated that it supports the complete declassification of all records to “finally put an end to the unfounded claims against the Kingdom.” Any accusations of Saudi Arabia’s involvement were “categorically false,” according to the embassy.
“As the administrations of the past four US presidents have attested, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has unwaveringly condemned and denounced the deplorable crimes that took place against the United States, its close ally and partner,” the Saudi embassy added.
The paper, which was released on the 20th anniversary of the attacks, is the first investigative record to be publicly disclosed since President Joe Biden ordered a declassification review of information that had been kept secret for years. The 16-page document is a summary of an FBI interview conducted in 2015 with a man who had frequent communication with people in the United States who backed the first hijackers who arrived in the country before the attacks.
Biden last week ordered the Justice Department and other agencies to conduct a declassification review and release what documents they can over the next six months.
The heavily redacted document was disclosed on Saturday night, hours after Biden attended September 11 memorial events in New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia. Victims’ relatives had earlier objected to
Biden’s presence at ceremonial events if the documents remained classified.
The 9/11 Commission report in 2004 found “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded” the attacks that al-Qaeda masterminded.
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