9/11 report's classified '28 pages' about potential Saudi Arabia ties released

The connections listed were then investigated by the September 11 Commission, whose final report, released in 2004, found no evidence that the "Saudi government as an institution, or senior Saudi officials individually" had helped the Al Qaeda attackers.

The 9/11 Commission concluded in its report that senior Saudi officials did not knowingly support the terrorist plot to attack the United States. But he added that the Saudi government has urged the U.S.to release the 28 pages since 2002, when they were initially classified.

A Saudi national who was under investigation by the FBI checked a security checkpoint on the southwest USA border prior to the 9/11 attacks, according to 28 pages from a 2002 joint inquiry released by the House Intelligence Community on Friday.

Earnest said that this section of the report was declassified for the sake of transparency. "On the other hand, it is also possible that further investigation of these allegations could reveal legitimate, and innocent, explanations for these associations".

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir leaves a Washington DC news conference following the release of 28 pages of a 9/11 Congressional report.

An independent panel completed the 9/11 Commission Report in 2002.

Lawyers for the families said the release is a "first step" toward more transparency around Saudi Arabia's role in aiding terrorist groups in the years leading up to September 11, 2001. "There is information. that at least two of those individuals were alleged by some to be Saudi intelligence officers".

The Obama administration sent a declassified version of the pages, with some redactions, to the congressional leadership on Friday - as President Obama had told former Florida Sen. On Thursday, when officials first announced that they expected to release the documents, Mr Graham told CNN he was "very pleased" with the news.

The 28-unreleased pages showed that the probe into the links between Saudi Arabia and the attacks found multiple suspicions but no proven ties. Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassan gave money and other help to two of the hijackers, Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi when they arrived in San Diego in February 2000, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials told the 9/11 commission.

"Would the USA government have kept information that was just speculation away from American people for 14 years if somebody didn't think it was going to make a difference?" he added. Families of victims of the attack have pushed legal efforts against Saudi Arabia. Her husband, Tom, was working on the 104th floor of the North Tower when the planes struck.

"The American people deserve this just as much as the 9/11 families deserve it, but we're the ones that are suffering by not having them released", Strada said.

The chapter remained classified for such a long time because many officials feared its release would harm diplomatic relations between the United States and the Kingdom. "They will show everyone that there is no there there".

"The decision to authorize the release of this information is not an endorsement of, or concurrence in, its accuracy or reliability", according to the office.

As such, the public release of these suppressed pages is unlikely to precipitate major changes in the relationship between the United States and the Saudi government.

Conspiracy theorists, though, haven't been the only ones calling for the pages' release.

One section said Omar al-Bayoumi, said to be a Saudi intelligence officer, met two hijackers at a public place after they arrived in San Diego.

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