A Saudi consulate official and another man allegedly may have had contacts with two 9/11 hijackers, including possibly proving logistical support of some kind to them.
This information apparently emerged in heavily redacted, 16-page Federal Bureau of Investigation document pursuant to President Biden’s order to declassify certain materials related to the 9/11 terrorist attack.
More files are expected to be on the way into the public domain pursuant to the declassification which presumably will provide more additional details about the FBI’s investigation.
The document was released on Saturday, September 11, the 20th anniversary of the devastating attack on American soil.
In a 2015 FBI interview, the Los Angeles-based official allegedly “admitted that he allowed two hijackers to use his apartment and helped them travel around LA. He was found to be an al-Qaeda ‘facilitator’ by the FBI and the Saudi Consul General wanted to fire him for distributing extremist Muslim literature,” the Daily Mail claimed.
“He was also a close associate of two other Saudis, Omar al-Bayoumi and Fahad al-Thumairy, who…helped the hijackers. The new FBI file reveals that al-Bayoumi, who has admitted befriending them, worked as a ‘ghost employee’ at a Saudi aviation firm in the US. And it details how al-Thumairy gave the hijackers money, travel assistance and lodging,” the news outlet further claimed.
The FBI allegedly suspected al-Bayoumi of being a Saudi intelligence agent.
“But while the document details the contacts the hijackers had with Saudi associates in the U.S., it doesn’t provide proof that senior Saudi government officials were complicit in the plot,” Fox News observed.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals. The above-referenced two hijackers, who had come to the U.S. as students, were reportedly on the American Airlines plane that crashed into the Pentagon.
In the redacted (i.e., edited) document, the FBI identified the official in question only as “PII” who subsequently applied for U.S. citizenship, but the status of that application has not been disclosed. PII has denied any involvement in the plot.
The Saudi government has consistently denied any role in the 9/11 attacks masterminded by Saudi citizen Osama bin Laden, and the 9/11 Commission also concluded the same in terms of any direct funding.
“Money could have been funneled to al Qaeda through Saudi-linked charities, the 2004 report concluded,” Fox News reported.
In a statement on September 8, Saudi Arabia’s Washington, D.C., embassy indicated that it “welcomes the release of” the FBI materials — “any allegation that Saudi Arabia is complicit in the September 11 attacks is categorically false.”
“Al-Bayoumi has previously admitted to befriending [the two hijackers], but denied ever working officially with them as part of a terrorist plot…Al-Bayoumi was arrested in London the week after the September 11 attacks and his phone calls and bank accounts were researched before he was released without charge,” the Daily Mail added, while also noting that the 9/11 Commission Report cleared him of knowingly aiding extremist groups.
Reacting to the released FBI document release, attorney Jim Kreindler, a lawyer for the families of 9/11 victims who are suing the Saudi government, said, “The findings and conclusions in this FBI investigation validate the arguments we have made in the litigation regarding the Saudi government’s responsibility for the 9/11 attacks. This document, together with the public evidence gathered to date, provides a blueprint for how (al Qaeda) operated inside the US with the active, knowing support of the Saudi government.”
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