Alleged Saudi Support for 9/11

Today CNN reported that the review process surrounding the decision to release 28 classified pages from a joint congressional report that focused on alleged Saudi Arabian involvement in 9/11 is in its final stages. Quoting Senator Bob Graham, the co-chair of the 2002 inquiry who has led the campaign to have them released, CNN stated that the review will be handed off to an inter-agency group, including intelligence, law enforcement and defense agencies. A final decision, according to Graham, will come sometime in June.

Yesterday, the New York Times posted a document released by the U.S. National Archives that points to what may be included in the still classified 28 pages. Dated June 6, 2003, the document includes a number of memos composed by 9/11 commission members detailing possible connections between the hijackers and Saudi government members. 47, mostly repetitive pages, includes a segment entitled, “A Brief Overview of Possible Saudi Government Connections to the September 11th attacks”. Two sub-headings detail proven and probably links between Saudi representatives and the hijackers.  The first, “Southern Californian Connections”, include those with links to Saudi Arabia who have proven or strongly suggested links to two of the 9/11 hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar. The second, “Other Possible Saudi Government Contacts”, includes a number of individuals with ties to Saudi Arabia who may have interacted with al-Hazmi or al-Mihdhar, either directly or through others.

Below I have created a crumbnet, using Thetus‘ Savanna technology,  of the possible Saudi-9/11 links using the information provided under the Southern Californian Connections heading in the U.S. National Archives release. The crumbnet provides a brief overview and visual representation of the the links between Saudi-affiliated individuals and two of the 9/11 hijackers.

Saudi Crumbnet
Crumbnet of possible Saudi-9/11 hijacker ties, powered by Savanna. Click here for a larger view.



Author: Alexander Corbeil

Alexander Corbeil is a lead analyst with The SecDev Group and a fellow with The SecDev Foundation focusing on the Syrian conflict and its impact on the Middle East and North Africa. Alexander also writes on Lebanese politics and Hezbollah for Carnegie Endowment's Sada. Bylines at Foreign Affairs, The Globe and Mail and others. You can follow him on Twitter @alex_corbeil.

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