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.