Saudi Cable of summary of a book by Anthony Summers and Robyn Swan that examined the connection between Saudi Arabia and 9/11 hijackers - and describes little known or unknown facts about 9/11
Some major points in material quoted in cable.
1. Claim by team leader (and senior commission counsel) Dietrich Snell that there was convincing evidence Iran had provided material support to Al-Qaeda re 9/11 (No substantiation. Read on about Snell.)
2. But says in 2004 team investigators working on the Saudi angle of 9/11 report told late one night as their report was being finalized, the same Dietrich Snell and executive director Philip Zelikow were said to have made major changes to the Saudi investigator team's final report. Investigators Michael Jacobson and Rajesh De confronted the two and were told by Snell and Zelikow they did not have enough evidence to blame Saudis. Investigators threatened to resign over interference. Were told their findings would be included in small print in endnotes.
3. Indicates US informed by defector (Mohammed el-Khilewi, who brought 1000s of pages of docs with him) told of Saudi abuses of human rights and Saudi links to terrorism. He also reported that a Saudi citizen with a Saudi diplomatic passport had given money to Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind behind the WYC bombings, when Yousef was in the Philippines. He said the Saudi association with Yousef went through Saudi intelligence. Speculates that the Saudi citizen with the diplomatic passport was Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law Jamal Khalifa. Claims Khalifa founded a charity to raise money for Yousef and Khalid Sheik Mohammed (who were organizers of 9/11 attacks).
When Khalifa returned to Saudi Arabia in 1995 following detention in U.S., he was met by a Saudi official, believed to be Prince Sultan, then Deputy PM and Minister of Sadi Defence & Aviation.
4. In 1998 Saudi's General Intelligence Division signed a deal with bin Laden such that he would not attack Saudi targets in exchange for money as well as support for Taliban. Apparently since at least 1995, at least 2 Saudi princes, on behalf of the Kingdom were paying bin Laden protection money in return for turning a blind eye. Money involved in $100s of millions.
5. On 12 Sept, CIA told Saudi Ambassador Bandar bin Sultan (who was such a close friend of Bush family he is known as Bandar "Bush) that 15 of the hi-jackers had been Saudis.
6. Across the U.S. (Including in Washington where one of bin Laden's brothers was located) there were more than 20 members of bin Laden's family. On 13 Sept, bin Sultan's assistant contacted FBI indicating needed help getting bin Laden's family out of the country. They were evacuated.
7. But Bush did not confront the Saudis despite the strong Saudi connection with 9/11
8. A year after 9/11 Prince Turki claims the GID had shared all of its information on bin Laden to the CIA. Bandar bin Sultan claimed Saudis had been closely following most of the terrorists, but CIA did not engage with GID. He said that in late 1999 to early 2000 just before first 2 hijackers came to US, CIA has been warned.
9. These two first hijackers apparently had been hand picked by bin Laden to be the first two. Goes into their early activities, contacts and some money connections. Two of the support group of 3 for the first 2 terrorists had links to the Saudi regime, and one is suspected to have been a Saudi government agent.
10. Anwar Aulaqi preached in the precincts of the Capital shortly before 9/11, and not long after 9/11 lunched at the Pentagon. Aulaqi's name subsequently associated by shooting by U.S. army Major at Fort Hood, unsuccessful attempt to bomb a plane en route to Detroit, and concealed explosives on a cargo plane bound for US.
11. Congress's Joint Committee co-chair Bob Graham found evidence Saudis were facilitating and assisting some of the hijackers.