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    The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) flagged five individuals with suspected Saudi government ties in connection to some of the September 11, 2001 hijackers, according to the declassified pages of a 2002 joint congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) flagged five individuals with suspected Saudi government ties in connection to some of the September 11, 2001 hijackers, according to the  declassified pages of a 2002 joint congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks.

    “According to various FBI documents and at least one CIA memorandum, some of the September 11 hijackers, while in the United States, apparently had contacts with individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government,” the joint inquiry stated.

    The report identified two individuals, Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassnan, as suspected Saudi intelligence officers.

    Bayoumi was described in an October 2002 document as having “extensive ties to the Saudi Government,” including holding positions at the Saudi Civil Aviation Administration, and receiving money from the Saudi Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Finance.

    Other individuals identified include Osama Bin Laden's half-brother, Abdullah Bin Laden, who allegedly worked at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, as well as Saleh al-Hussayen, reportedly a Saudi Interior Ministry official, and Shayk al-Thumairy, an accredited Saudi diplomat.

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    Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Omar al-Bayoumi, Saudi Arabia, United States
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