FBI commences declassifying documents into Saudi 9/11 connections

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation has disclosed a newly declassified document that looks into relations between Saudi citizens in the US and two of the 9/11 attackers.

Families of victims have long persuaded the release of the files, contending that Saudi officials had advance knowledge but did not try to prevent the attacks.

However, the document gives no proof that the Saudi government was connected to the 9/11 plot.

Fifteen of the 19 plane hijackers were Saudi nationals.


Ahead of the declassification, the Saudi embassy in Washington accepted the release and once again refuted any relation between the kingdom and the hijackers, characterizing such claims as “false and malicious”.

Furthermore, the document was declassified on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terror attacks on US soil – almost 3,000 people were murdered after four planes were hijacked – and is the first of several expected to be disclosed.

Several families of the victims had put pressure on President Joe Biden to declassify the documents, saying he should not attend Saturday’s commemoration ceremonies in New York if he was not ready to release them.

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