Pages of classified information that contains details about alleged ties between the Saudi government and the September 11 terror attacks are set to be released by U.S. Congress.
Known as the ’28 pages’, the document has been kept secret since the 2002 congressional investigation into the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 – and they could be released as early as today, CNN reports.
The top secret documents are said to contain information about ‘specific sources of foreign support for some of the September 11 hijackers’.
Under pressure from the victims’ families and lawmakers, President Barack Obama announced in April that the pages would be declassified during his administration.
Former Democratic senator Bob Graham, who chaired the commission, first received word from a source close to the Obama administration for the release back in April, according to CNN.
He told NBC:
I hope that decision is to honour the American people and make it available.
The most important unanswered question of 9/11 is, did these 19 people conduct this very sophisticated plot alone, or were they supported?Advertisement
Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the report will be posted online soon.
The House Intelligence Committee will get the redacted report today or tomorrow. The Senate and House intel committees should then give the formal go ahead to release the report since they originally produced it.Advertisement
Terry Strada, who has been pushing for the right to sue Saudi Arabia over its alleged involvement in the attack, is one of the many people wanting to read the 28 pages. Her husband, Tom, was working on the 104th floor of the North Tower when the planes struck. The couple’s third child had been born just four days earlier.
She told CNN:
All of this could be settled if we would just release the 28 pages and let everyone see what’s in there.
If it was just this low-level … government officials in the Saudi Arabian government, then they have nothing to worry about. The American people deserve this just as much as the 9/11 families deserve it, but we’re the ones that are suffering by not having them released.
The Saudi government is also calling for the pages to be made public so that it can respond to any allegations.