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    FBI Failed to Communicate Saudi Financial Connections with 9/11 Hijackers

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    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) San Diego Field Office failed to communicate information in a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) memorandum on financial connections between the government of Saudi Arabia and Saudi Royal Family and the September 11 hijackers, 28 pages of a US government report on the 9/11 terrorist attacks reveal.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) San Diego Field Office failed to communicate information in a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) memorandum on financial connections between the government of Saudi Arabia and Saudi Royal Family and the September 11 hijackers, according to 28 pages of a US government report on the 9/11 terrorist attacks released on Friday.

    "That [CIA] memorandum, which discusses alleged financial connections between the September 11 hijackers, Saudi government officials, and members of the Saudi Royal Family, was drafted by a CIA officer [redacted], relying primarily on information from FBI files," the report stated, adding that the FBI officer in San Diego failed to forward it to FBI headquarters.

    The House and Senate Intelligence Committees, in charge of drafting the report, expressed their concern over the “serious nature of allegations” in the CIA memorandum that the FBI office failed to pass on.

    As a result, FBI Headquarters was “unaware” of the information in the memo discussing Saudi government connections to 9/11 until the Joint Congressional Committee brought the implications to the attention of the FBI.

    In its initial 2002 report, declassified on Friday, neither the CIA nor FBI was able to “definitively identify for these [congressional] Committees the extent” of Saudi support for terrorist activity in the United States or globally.  However, the Joint Committee reported that neither intelligence agency had established a working group to “address the Saudi issue” of possible support for US and global terrorist activity.

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