US President Barack Obama will make a decision about declassifying the documents on September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks’ investigation in the United States within the next two months, US media reported Wednesday, citing former Senator Bob Graham.
The documents may reportedly contain Saudi connection to the attacks. The reports come amid renewed pressure on Obama to release the documents ahead of a presidential trip to Saudi Arabia next week.
According to the Fox News television channel, Graham said he was “pleased that after two years this matter is about to come to a decision by the president.” Graham, who is former US Senate Intelligence Committee chairman and a co-author of the September 11 report, has stated that the 28 classified pages “point a strong finger” at the government of Saudi Arabia.
On September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda suicide bombers hijacked four passenger planes in the United States, crashing two into New York’s World Trade Center towers, another into the Pentagon and the fourth was sent in the direction of Washington D.C., presumably to attack the White House or the Capitol. All planes, except for the last one, reached their targets.
Following the attacks, a report on the intelligence activities during and after the tragedy was drafted by the US Senate and House of Representatives Intelligence Committees.
Then-US President George Bush redacted an entire chapter from the report, which allegedly deals with the financing of the terror attack.