Following President Joe Biden‘s executive order for declassifying some 9/11 documents, the FBI released a 16 page heavy redacted document revealing information about a man with links to the Saudi government who allegedly provided logistical support to the first two 9/11 hijackers to arrive in the U.S.
While the Saudi Embassy in Washington has welcomed the report in hopes it will clear the country of allegations, some of the 9/11 families believe the report invites more questions surrounding the alleged relationship between some officials and the attackers.
FBI agents, in the newly released memo, discussed their examination of phone records that seemed to link some of the subjects of the probe to an associate of Osama bin Laden or other individuals who ultimately became detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
The report also detailed instances in which some witnesses offered information that was inconsistent with claims made by some subjects of the investigation, who rejected having any knowledge of the plot.
The report shines a light on the bureau’s probe of Omar al-Bayoumi, who was thought to be a Saudi student in California. He had been suspected of providing logistical support to two of the hijackers, Nawaf Al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Mihdhar.
The document details information from interviews conducted in November 2015 with a person who, according to the FBI, had contact with Bayoumi. The name of the individual was redacted from the report.
In addition, the report detailed that the person interviewed had connections to the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles and maintained “anecdotes of personal interactions with Consular leadership.”
In the report, the FBI details that Bayoumi provided translation, travel assistance, lodging and financing to the hijackers.
The report said that a month before the hijackers arrived, Bayoumi checked into a hotel in Culver City, Calif., along with a man whose phone numbers were connected to a spiritual adviser to a bin Laden lieutenant. Those two men reportedly had associations with the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles…