US pounding blow against Riyadh

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — US authorities announced on Thursday (September 12th) that they would reveal the long-held secret identity of a person suspected of having ordered two Saudi officials to assist members of the 9/11 commando, which could put the Saudi Arabia in embarrassment.

For a long time remained confidential, the identity of this individual will not be made public but revealed to the families of the victims of the 2001 attacks that sue Saudi Arabia, accusing him of having provided material aid to al-Qaeda, according to a document sent to the judge in charge of the file.

According to the news channel NBC News, “in light of the exceptional nature of this file”, the FBI and the Ministry of Justice have decided to give them satisfaction, according to a document sent to the judge in charge of the case.

The Ministry of Justice has agreed to lift the secrecy on the name of this “third party” but not on the other information contained in this report.

Representatives of the Saudi Embassy in Washington refused to comment on the US government’s decision and White House spokesmen referred them to the Justice Department without answering questions from the media.

The name of the individual in question had been removed from the summary of the September 11th report by the FBI in 2012. The families of the victims and the plaintiffs’ lawyers had immediately inferred that it should be a senior Saudi official.

The FBI said it was a priority for the families of the 9/11 victims to know who the Saudi official was, and that this information would help advance the lawsuit filed against Saudi Arabia.

An official 2002 report accused two Saudi officials based in the United States of helping some commando members find housing and obtain driving licenses and other documents.

17 years after the attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the beginning of the conflicts and invasions of the US military in West Asia, many questions about the real perpetrators of these attacks and their motives are still not elucidated.


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