Pool/Getty Images President Obama speaks as King Salman bin Abd al Aziz of Saudi Arabia looks on during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on Sept. 4.
Saudi Arabia has long been rumored to have helped finance the 9/11 attacks. Heres a roundup of key information surrounding the mystery:
What connection did the hijackers have to Saudi Arabia?
Of the 19 hijackers, 15 were citizens of Saudi Arabia.
Did the U.S. government uncover evidence of Saudi ties to the attacks?
Its unclear. The Bush administration chose to classify 28 pages of a 2002 joint Congressional report that includes information suggesting specific sources of foreign support for some of the September 11 hijackers while they were in the United States. The report notes that neither the FBI or CIA were able to address definitely the extent of such support.
STR/REUTERS Saudi Arabia has long been rumored to have helped finance the 9/11 attacks.
Who can read the pages?
Members of Congress can request permission to read the document in a secure, soundproof room on Capitol Hill, where they are observed and not allowed to take notes.
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What have people said whove read the report?
Theyve hinted the 28 pages contain bombshells. Former Florida Senator Bob Graham said the pages include evidence the Saudi government supported the attackers. Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie said the pages blew his mind. I had to stop every couple pages andtry to rearrange my understanding of history for the past 13 years and the years leading up to that. It challenges you to rethink everything. I think the whole country needs to go through that, Massie said.
SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS Pictures of the 9/11 hijackers are seen inside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
Why all the secrecy?
President George W. Bush said the pages, if made public, would endanger American intelligence operations. But members of Congress whove read the pages dispute that notion. Its about the Bush Administration and its relationship with the Saudis, Stephen Lynch, a Massachusetts Democrat, told The New Yorker.
So are there conspiracy theories?
You bet. The theories involve the upper ranks of Saudi royalty bankrolling the attacks and facilitating the hijackers arrival in the U.S. The information, conspiracy theorists say, was suppressed to protect the United States relationship with oil-rich Saudi Arabia, which remains a key ally in the Middle East.
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