The FBI has declassified this Saturday the first of what is expected to be several documents on the agency’s investigation of the September 11, 2001 attacks, which left almost 3,000 dead, after US President Joe Biden ordered a review of them with the intention of publishing them.
The 16-page document in question was written in 2016, and details contacts between two of the terrorists who hijacked the planes that were used to attack the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, Nawafal Hazmi and Khalid al Mihdhar, and an alleged agent of Saudi intelligence, Omar al Bayoumi, as well as an official from the Saudi consulate.
The Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington assured on Wednesday that it “welcomes the publication” of the FBI documents, clarifying that “any allegation that Saudi Arabia is an accessory to the September 11 attacks is categorically false,” according to CNN. .
Biden’s order to publish the investigations came after more than 1,600 people affected by the attacks sent a letter to the president requesting the declassification of information.
The publication of this first document has occurred on the 20th anniversary of the attacks, a few hours after the president attended the three memorials, in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, dedicated to the victims of the tragedy.
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