The New York Post has revealed new information about Saudi involvement in the September 11 attacks in New York 16 years ago.
The newspaper published a report saying it showed new evidence that the Saudi embassy in Washington financed the training of kidnappings by two Saudi officials, reinforcing the claim that Saudi officials and agents had provided support and guidance to kidnappers and conspirators in the September 11 attacks.
According to evidence in the complaint submitted on behalf of the families of some 1,400 victims of the attacks, two years before the events of 11 September, the Saudi Embassy paid two of its nationals living under the cover of students in the United States the costs of traveling from Phoenix to Washington.
Prosecutors’ lawyers said the court file provides new details showing a “pattern of financial and operational support” to plot official Saudi sources. In fact, the Saudi government may have been involved in preparing for the attacks from the earliest stages, including the cockpit security test.
“We have long asserted that there is a long and close relationship between al-Qaeda and the religious components of the Saudi government, and this is further evidence,” the paper quoted the lead plaintiffs’ lawyer Sean Carter as saying.
The newspaper quoted FBI documents as saying that Saudi students, Mohammed al-Qadayeen and Hamdan al-Shalawi, were in fact members of the “network of Saudi agents in the United States” and participated in the terrorist plot.