The FBI on Saturday released the first document related to its investigation of the
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and allegations of the Saudi government
support for the hijackers, following an executive order by President Joe Biden
The document was published Saturday evening, a week after President Biden signed
an executive order directing the agency to make the secret files available to the
public for the first time.
The order to release the documents came amid significant pressure from the families
of 9/11 victims, who are eager to probe potential Saudi government links to the
The FBI file details a 2015 interview with a staffer who worked at the Saudi Consulate
in Los Angeles. He was suspected of providing some logistical support to two 9/11
hijackers when they arrived in California prior to the attacks.
The staffer, who is only referred to as PII and who applied for US citizenship in the
same year, was an al-Qaeda facilitator, according to the document. He aided the
terrorists by showing him where other members of the group met in Los Angeles, and
even kicked his own sister out of his home so that the pair could stay with him.
The document is still significantly redacted. It is theorized, however, that PII may be
Mussaed Ahmed al-Jarrah. al-Jarrah worked for a time at the Saudi Consulate in
Al-Jarrah’s name was accidently left unredacted in separate court papers penned by
an FBI official. However, he has vigorously denied any involvement and insists he did
not know any of the hijackers.
Of the 19 hijackers on board the four doomed 9/11 planes, 15 were Saudi nationals.
Last Wednesday, Saudi Arabia released a statement maintaining its innocence, saying
‘it is lamentable that such false and malicious claims persist’.
According to the FBI’s newly released document, ‘PII was forthcoming with numerous
specific details regarding hi … employment with the Consulate of the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia in Los Angeles, [and] anecdotes of personal interactions with Consular
During his FBI interview, PII described his duties at the Consulate ‘providing
assistance to Saudi college students studying in the US, providing translation
assistance, executing administrative tasks, and distributing literature on Islam’.
Interestingly, the FBI notes that the two hijackers PII is suspected of helping
originally traveled to the US as college students.
The hijackers are identified in the document as Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-
Mihdhar. Both of the men were on board American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed
into the Pentagon on September 11.
The pair were reportedly already long-time affiliates of al-Qaeda with extensive
fighting experience, and were chosen by Osama bin Laden to be a part of the
ambitious 9/11 terror plot.
The FBI document states that PII admitted showing al-Hazimi and al-Mihdhar the
location of a Mediterranean restaurant in Los Angeles that was frequented by others
suspected of providing logistical support to the terrorists.
PII ‘denied being tasked to do so’ and stated that he simply ‘assisted al-Hazimi and al-
Mihdar because he is a good Muslim and helping two new students in town is the
The document also appears to imply that PII even had his own sister move out and
stay with another sister for a couple of weeks ‘because he was having al-Hazimi and
al-Mihdhar stay with him’.
Meanwhile, the newly-released document – which is heavily redacted in one part –
seemingly states that PII may also have ‘worked as a facilitator for the Armed Islamic
Group (GIA) and was associated with members of the Salafist Group For Preaching
It importantly notes that GIA and the GSPC ‘have evolved into al-Qaeda in the
Additionally, sources allegedly told the FBI that PII was ‘very very vocal against
Christians, Jews and enemies of Islam.’
Another stated that ‘the Saudi Consul General in LA wanted to fire PII for storage and
and distribution of extremist Muslim literature at the consulate’.
It is unclear whether PII was ever granted US citizenship following his 2015 interview
with the FBI, or whether he is still connected to the Saudi Consulate.