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White House says 28 pages of 9/11 report show no evidence of Saudi role

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 01:10

U.S. intelligence officials have finished reviewing 28 classified pages of the official report on the Sept. 11 attacks and they show no evidence of Saudi complicity, says White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The U.S. Congress on Friday (July 15) released a long-classified section of the official report on the Sept. 11 attacks which discussed potential links between some of the hijackers and Saudi Arabia but said the links were not independently verified. The 28 pages of the report on the 2002 investigation focus on potential Saudi links to the 2001 aircraft attacks on the United States, in which nearly 3,000 people died. They show no evidence of Saudi complicity, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. "It will confirm what we have been saying for quite some time," Earnest told reporters during a daily White House briefing. They were issued by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee after years of wrangling in Washington between Congress and different administrations, Republicans and Democrats, and urging by families of those killed. The release of the previously classified pages is unlikely to end the controversy over the role of Saudi Arabia, an important U.S. partner in the Middle East. Many U.S. officials who opposed their release had worried they would damage diplomatic relations. Fifteen of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers were Saudi citizens. "According to various FBI documents and CIA memorandum, some of the September 11 hijackers, while in the United States, apparently had contacts with individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government," the report said, giving a catalog of alleged links.

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White House says 28 pages of 9/11 report show no evidence of Saudi role

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 01:10