FBI mistakenly REVEALS identity of mystery Saudi official ‘who directed crucial support to 9/11 al-Qaeda hijackers’ – The Sun
THE FBI has mistakenly revealed the name of a Saudi official suspected of helping direct support to two Al-Qaeda terrorists involved in the 9/11 attacks, it was reported on Tuesday.
Mussaed Ahmed al-Jarrah was mistakenly named by a top FBI official in a court declaration filed last month – in a move described by a 9/11 families' representative as a "giant screw-up".
al-Jarrah worked as an official at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington DC at the time of the September 11, 2001 atrocity that killed 2753 people.
Identified for the first time publicly, Al-Jarrah is suspected by US authorities of being the mystery "third man" that helped the Al-Qaeda terrorists, according to court filings seen by Yahoo News.
Saudi Arabia has consistently denied any official involvement in the attacks on New York City's World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.
al-Jarrah was a mid-level Saudi Foreign Ministry official who was assigned to the Saudi Embassy in Washington DC, in 1999 and 2000 and is thought to have directed crucial support to two of the plane hijackers.
Although every other reference to the official was redacted, in one instance, al-Jarrah's name remained.
The declaration, written by Jill Sanborn, assistant director of the FBI, was filed last month but unsealed last week.
It represents a "major breakthrough" in the lawsuit, brought by families of the victims, that accuses the Saudi government of complicity.
The declaration provides an apparent confirmation that FBI agents investigating the attacks believe they have uncovered a link between the hijackers and the Saudi Embassy in Washington, according to Yahoo.
al-Jarrah is among nine current or former Saudi officials that lawyers for the families suspect hold important information about the case.
"I have been advised that with regard to Defendant the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia…Plaintiffs allege that its agents and employees directly and knowingly assisted the hijackers and plotters who carried out the 9/11 attacks," Sanborn writes in the document.
The 9/11 commission, which investigated whether Saudi Arabia was involved in the attack, ultimately concluded that "we have found no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded the organization".
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