The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States declassified a document until now secret which was part of his investigations into the possible involvement of the Saudi Government in the 9/11 attacks, after strong pressure from the victims’ families.
The document, which dates from 2016, describes the contacts the terrorists had with Saudis in the United States, but does not provide clear evidence of possible involvement of the Government of Saudi Arabia in the plan to attack the country.
The 16-page report with multiple sections censored, declassified as part of an order from US President Joe Biden to release hitherto secret documents about the investigation carried out by the FBI about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
That inquiry focused on the alleged logistical support that an employee of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles was able to provide the terrorists (California), Fahad al Thumairy, and a suspected intelligence agent of the Arab kingdom in the same city, Omar al Bayumi.
The newly declassified document claims Al Bayumi provided “travel assistance, accommodation and funding” to two of the terrorists Nawaf al Hazmi and Khalid al Mihdhar implicated in the 9/11 attacks.
Other reports declassified in recent years had already detailed those contacts. and assistance from Al Bayumi, who was arrested in the UK after the attacks and was one of the focuses of the official 9/11 investigation by a Congressional commission.
That commission found no official evidence that the Saudi government had been involved in financing Al Qaeda or the attacks, and the question since then has been how much Riyadh knew about the activities of some of its citizens, such as Al Bayumi.
That alleged Saudi spy had contacts with Al Thumairy, who at the time was a diplomat at the Saudi consulate and made phone calls with at least two future Guantanamo prison inmates, according to the document.
Al Bayumi, who was officially a student, he was also in contact with Osama Bassnan, a Saudi citizen whose alleged connection to 9/11 had already been revealed and who spoke with “enthusiasm” of the leader of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden.
The report describes Al Bayumi as someone “treated with great respect within the Saudi consulate, well regarded by consulate staff and enjoyed ‘very high status’ when entering the building. “
Although the censored parts of the report prevent confirming whether this means that it had the approval of the Saudi government, the association of relatives of the victims 9/11 United welcomed its publication and considered it one more proof of Riyadh’s probable ties to the attacks.
“Now the secrets of the Saudis are exposed and It is time for the kingdom to acknowledge the role of its officials in murdering thousands on American soil ”, Terry Strada, of the aforementioned association, said in a statement.
In August, Hundreds of survivors and relatives of the victims of the attacks asked Biden not to attend the events on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary, Unless your government publishes new files on the alleged role of Saudi Arabia in what happened.
Last week, Biden ordered the Justice Department to declassify new documents in the next six months, This convinced the families, who agreed that the president finally attend the events this Saturday.
(With information from EFE)