FBI releases first September 11 document | Abroad

The 16-page piece, dated 2016, details the FBI’s investigation into alleged aid by a Saudi consulate official and a suspected Saudi intelligence officer in Los Angeles to at least two of the men, according to CNN. who had hijacked planes on September 11, 2001.

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The document details multiple connections and witness statements that lead the police to suspect that Omar al-Bayoumi, who was reportedly a Saudi student in LA, was an employee of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency. The piece states that the man was heavily involved in providing “travel assistance, shelter and financing” to help the hijackers.

Biden had not previously indicated what would be in the documents, but American media reported last week that they would probably be about the possible role that Saudi Arabia would have played in the attacks. Relatives of victims of the attacks say the country has provided aid in the Middle East to the terrorist group Al Qaeda, which carried out the attacks.

In a statement, a spokeswoman on behalf of an organization of relatives of victims of 9/11 said that the now released document has allayed all doubts about Saudi complicity in the attacks. “Now the secrets of the Saudis are being exposed and it is high time for the kingdom to take responsibility for the role its officials played in the killing of thousands of people on American soil.”


On September 11, 2001, four passenger planes were hijacked by al-Qaida terrorists. Two were rammed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York and one into the Pentagon near Washington. A fourth plane crashed in the village of Shanksville as occupants tried to overpower the hijackers. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in total.

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