White House to release secret 9/11 report

Officials: decision on release of secret 28-page section of 2002 inquiry in weeks. Document said to reveal Saudi govt. links to 9/11 attack.

Ari Yashar ,

Twin Towers in 9/11 attack
Twin Towers in 9/11 attack
Photo: Sean Adair / Reuters

The White House is anticipated to soon release a 28-page secret section of the congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks which allegedly shows the Saudi government was involved, according to reports Sunday.

The 28-page document which is kept in a secure room in the basement of the Capitol building talks about foreign support for some of the 9/11 hijackers while they were in the US, reports Associated Press.

Former Governor and Senator Bob Graham, who was co-chairman of the bipartisan panel investigating the attacks, says the documents indicate Saudi Arabia aided the terrorists. Others back Graham's assertion, even as the Saudis deny having a role in the attacks.

Graham, a former Democratic senator from Florida, said an administration official told him intelligence officials will make a decision in the coming weeks whether to release the documents, at least partially.

Anonymous US officials first spoke about the classified document last week, revealing that it contains evidence found in the 2002 investigation of the Al Qaeda attack that left thousands murdered in the US. That evidence linked the terrorists with the government of Saudi Arabia.

US authorities discovered the flight certificate of would-be hijacker Ghassan Al-Shrabi in an envelope from the Saudi embassy to Washington during the latter's 2002 arrest in Pakistan, the officials revealed. 

Sanders: "Get to the root of Saudi actions"

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has pressed for the 28-page document to be released.

In an interview with NBC aired Sunday, Sanders said, "I think there's a lot about Saudi Arabia that we don't fully understand. And I want to get to the root cause of it. The root of what Saudi Arabia has done."

He said there is "some evidence - and we will have to ascertain whether it's accurate or not - that money from Saudi Arabia actually funded a 9/11 attack."

The Senator went on to note that Saudi funding "is going all over the world" to support fundamentalist Wahhabi Islam, including to terrorist organizations.

"And I think that the full extent of the role that Saudi Arabia plays in supporting extremism in this world is something that we should explore," he added.