9/11 Attacks: Secret Papers Reveal No Saudi Govt Hand
Hijackers may have received financial assistance from individuals who may be connected to Saudi government, the secret portion of the Congressional report says
The US Congress has released a long-classified 28-page report on 9/11 terror attacks that for years had given rise to speculation that whether the Saudi government had any role in the terror attacks that killed 3,000 people.
According to the declassified report, the inquiry had not found anything to link the Saudi authorities to 9/11.
But the report said the attackers might have got financial help from those who were residing in Saudi Arabia.
"While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government," the Congressional report said.
The panel completed its inquiry on the terror attacks in 2002, but withheld 28 pages of the report for 13 years. This raised speculation about the content of the report.
Relatives of the victims of the terror attacks have been campaigning for the release of the 28 pages. They alleged that the report is withheld to please Saudi Arabia, an ally of the US.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who flew the plane into World Trade Centre and Pentagon were Saudi nationals.
Welcoming the decision to release the 28 pages, Saudi Ambassador to US Abdullah Al Saud said the released report confirms "neither the Saudi government, nor senior Saudi officials, nor any person acting on behalf of the Saudi government provided any support or encouragement for these attacks.
"We hope the release of these pages will clear up, once and for all, any lingering questions or suspicions about Saudi Arabia's actions, intentions, or long-term friendship with the United States," he said in a statement.
But the report quoting FBI officers blamed Saudi Arabia for not cooperating in inquiries related to terrorism.
"A number of FBI agents and CIA officers complained to the Joint Inquiry about a lack of Saudi cooperation in terrorism investigations both before and after the September 11 attacks," the report said, citing one New York FBI agent who said "the Saudis have been useless and obstructionist for years".