CIA declassifies 9/11 report, redacts Saudi Arabia chapter

CIA declassifies 9/11 intelligence inquiry report with 28 pages dedicated to ‘Issues Relating to Saudi Arabia’ almost entirely redacted

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) declassified a 465 page report on Friday laying out the results of an inquiry into the intelligence work before and after the 9/11 attacks.

The report which was finalised by Office of the Inspector General in 2005 show the disputes between the high-ranking CIA officials relating to the strategy to deal with Al Qaeda leading to the attack at World Trade Center in New York City in 2001.

Most intriguing part of the report, however, is its last chapter titled “Issues Relating to Saudi Arabia” as there are widespread allegations that Saudi royal family is somehow involved in the attacks.

Leader of Al Qaeda at the time, Osama bin Laden, and 15 of the 19 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia, which caused many to claim that Saudi government was involved.

“I am convinced that there was a direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia,” former senator Bob Graham wrote in February in his affidavit asking more scrutiny into possible ties between attackers and the Saudi leadership.

The report is not likely to shed any light on the allegations about the involvement of Saudi Arabia in the attacks as almost all of the 28 pages of the related chapter is redacted from the report.

The sections titled “implications” and “accountability” were entirely redacted

The only unredacted section of the chapter subtitled “assessment of the findings” it said “The Team encountered no evidence that the Saudi Government knowingly and willingly supported al-Qa’ida terrorists,” yet it acknowledges speculations claiming “dissident sympathizers within the government may have aided al-Qa’ida.”

“A January 1999 Directorate of Intelligence (DI) Office of Transnational Issues Intelligence Report on Bin Ladin’s finances indicated that ‘limited’ reporting suggested that ‘a few Saudi Government officials’ may support Usama Bin Ladin (UBL) but added that the reporting was ‘too sparse to determine with any accuracy’ such support.”

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