FBI releases newly declassified record on Sept. 11 attacks

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FILE – In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, smoke billows from one of the towers of the World Trade Center and flames as debris explodes from the second tower in New York. Relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks called Thursday, Sept. 2, for the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate the FBI’s failure to produce certain pieces of evidence from its investigation. (AP Photo/Chao Soi Cheong, File)

WASHINGTON (Associated Press) – The FBI has released a newly declassified 16-page document related to logistical support provided to two of the Saudi hijackers in the run-up to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The document, released on the 20th anniversary of the attacks, is the first investigative record to be disclosed since President Joe Biden ordered a declassification review of materials that for years have remained out of public view.

The document describes contacts the hijackers had with Saudi associates in the U.S. but offers no evidence the Saudi government was complicit in the plot. The Saudi government has long denied any involvement.

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