“Any allegation of Saudi Arabia’s complicity in the 9/11 attacks would be categorically false.” These are the words of the Saudi ambassador to Washington Reema Bandar Al Saud. In response to the document that theFbi, spread on the investigation into the terrorist attacks of twenty years ago and the support of the Riyadh government to the hijackers. The document dates back to 2016 and provides a number of details about the logistical support investigations that a consular officer and an intelligence agent in Los Angeles allegedly provided to at least two of the men who hijacked the planes.
In fact, the identity of one of the terrorists in contact with the Saudi authorities emerged: it is Nawaf Al Hazmi, a native of Mecca, hijacker of American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon. The personal details of the supporters are instead those of Omar Al Bayoumi, an Arab student in Los Angeles, and of Fahad Al Thumairy, at the time a diplomat at the Saudi consulate in the Californian city. “Bayoumi is listed as a Saudi intelligence agent which would have provided travel assistance, accommodation and financing to the two jihadists. Al Thumairy instead led an extremist faction to his mosque, where Al Hamzi and his brother Salem (also on Flight 77) were praying “, writes the Newspaper.
The report is the first investigative document to be released since President Biden ordered a review and declassification of materials that have remained secret for years. The first to welcome the change with some satisfaction is one of the lawyers of the victims’ relatives, Jim Kreindler. “The results and conclusions of this investigation validate the arguments we brought into the dispute over the Saudi government’s liability and show how al Qaeda acted with Riyadh’s support. The then government of King Fahd even paid for the flying schools to the terrorists. “