FBI starts releasing newly declassified 9/11 probe documents

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The FBI on Saturday — the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks — released a newly declassified document detailing assistance given to two of the Saudi hijackers.
The late night disclosure revealed logistical support the terrorists got from fellow countrymen in the US, but did not provide proof that Saudi Arabia colluded in the act of war.

The formally classified — and heavily redacted — 16-page document was the first record to be made public under the recent direction of President Biden.

It summarizes a 2015 FBI interview with a man who was in frequent contact with Saudi nationals in the US who helped hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar in the run-up to the attacks.

Hazmi and Mihdhar arrived in California in February 2000, and met connected Saudi national Omar al-Bayoumi, who helped them lease a San Diego apartment.

The documents revealed the support both terrorists were given from fellow countrymen in the US. Walter McBride / MediaPunch

Bayoumi has described his halal restaurant meeting with the hijackers as a "chance encounter." The FBI tried to ascertain during the interview if that was true, or if the sit-down had actually been arranged in advance.

The bureau interviewed Bayoumi after finding out he had been in touch with a staffer at the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles who was applying for US citizenship. That man, whose identity wasn't revealed, had previously had repeated contacts with Saudi nationals who provided "significant logistical…
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