The twin towers caught fire in the September 11 attacks – Photo: SKY NEWS
According to CNN, the declassified document that the FBI recently released, dating from 2016, contains detailed information about the FBI’s investigation work, related to allegations that an official and a Saudi intelligence agent assisted in the investigation. aided at least two of the plane hijackers on September 11, 2001.
The document was released on the 20th anniversary of the deadly attack, at the request of US President Joe Biden.
Mr. Biden asked for the document to be declassified after more than 1,600 people affected by the attack sent him a letter asking him not to go to the memorial site in New York City, unless the information was released.
The letter also questioned Saudi Arabia’s role, mentioning that members of the Saudi national government were involved in “supporting the attack”.
Immediately after the letter, the Justice Department announced it would review the material it might disclose to the public. Mr. Biden praised the Justice Department’s decision, saying pushing for the release of the 9/11 documents was part of his campaign promises.
The rescue helicopter at that time thought it was impossible to evacuate on the roof of the building – Photo: SKY NEWS
According to declassified documents recently released by the FBI, witness testimony led the FBI to suspect Omar al-Bayoumi, who is believed to be a Saudi student in Los Angeles, as an intelligence agent.
The FBI document describes Omar providing “travel, accommodation and financial assistance” to help the two hijackers.
Earlier, on September 8, the Saudi Embassy in Washington said it “welcomes the release” of the FBI documents and that “any allegation that Saudi Arabia is complicit in the 9/11 attacks is false”.