FBI releases newly declassified document on Saudi government's role in 9/11 attacks

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The document, the first in an expected series, makes no conclusion about whether the Saudi government helped advance the terrorist attack
FBI releases newly declassified document on Saudi government's role in 9/11 attacks

Show Caption Hide Caption Saudi FM: No Saudi Govt. Involvement in 9/11 Saudi Arabia says that it had no involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and welcomed the U.S. government's release of a once-classified chapter of a congressional report that raises questions about Saudi links to the hijackers. (July 15) AP

The FBI has released a newly declassified document outlining part of its inquiry into assistance provided to two of the 9/11 hijackers by Saudi nationals in the United States, but the document makes no conclusion about whether the Saudi government helped advance the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.

The heavily redacted document was released Saturday in the waning hours of the 20th anniversary of the attacks after somber memorial ceremonies in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The disclosure also comes more than a week after President Joe Biden, facing pressure from 9/11 survivors and their families, directed the Justice Department to declassify documents related to the FBI's sprawling investigation.

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The 16 pages – documenting the FBI's interview with an unidentified Saudi Consulate staffer in Los Angeles who had contact with the…
Kevin Johnson and Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY
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