U.S. President Barack Obama is visiting Saudi Arabia this week, and as he packs his bags there are ongoing calls for him to release 28 classified pages from a report on the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Many are suspicious — including the families of 9/11 victims and many lawmakers — that the 28 pages include details of official Saudi Arabian involvement in the plot.
The 28 pages belong to an 833 page long joint congressional inquiry conducted in 2002 into the 9/11 attacks, which were perpetuated by 19 hijackers of which 15 were Saudi Arabian, as was the attack’s architect — Osama bin Laden.
In the past, President Obama reportedly promised twice to declassify and release documents, but failed to do so.
Previously, at the request of the Bush administration, the 28 pages were not released for national security reasons.
Many lawmakers — including those who have read the 28 pages — believe that they should be open to the public.
According to the below Fox News report some who have read the 28 pages say that Saudi officials played a key role in the plot:
If the redacted pages do confirm suspicions that the Saudis did assist the 9/11 terrorists — then that will be a game-changer for American and Saudi relations.
On top of the added attention on the 28 pages, a report by The New York Times has revealed that Saudi Arabia has threatened the U.S. government over a proposed bill that would permit the Saudi government to be held accountable in U.S. courts for any role in the 9/11 attacks.
According to the report, Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, threatened that they would sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of U.S. assets held by the kingdom if the U.S. Congress passes the bill.
The report also says the Obama administration has been lobbying Congress on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government to block the bill.
President Obama arrives in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
For more on The New York Times story, watch this CNN report: