It is called the ’28 Pages’ and those who have read them say that the pages contain evidence that the Saudi government had a hand in the 9/11 terror attack on the US.
The Obama Government is under tremendous pressure at home to declassify the ’28 Pages’, sealed in 2002 over fears that it could hamper United States’ relation with Saudi Arabia – a major oil supplier.
Senator Bob Graham said in February 2016 that the pages “point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier” of the 9/11 tragedy.
On April 20, the case against Saudi Arabia got stronger with the declassification of a file pointing at several Saudi links.
It is now revealed that an envelope from the Saudi embassy in Washington carried the flight certificate of Ghassan al Sharbi, an Al Qaeda member involved in 9/11.
Ghassan did not participate in the attacks. He was arrested in Pakistan and later sent to Guantnamo Bay, where he still is. The envelope was found among a cache of documents Ghassan buried near his hideout in Pakistan.
The file was prepared in June 2003 for the FBI. There are other implicating evidences against Saudi Government involvement in the declassified tranche of files.
It is learnt that Osama’s half-brother, Abdullah bin Laden, was made an administrative officer in the Saudi embassy in Washington.
Saudi influence in the United States is immense because of their decades old economic ties.
Saudi Arabia is the second largest supplier of oil in US. In 2015, Saudi oil constituted 11 per cent of US gross imports.
A Washington Times report says that Riyadh’s influence on Washington is so overwhelming that the Kingdom has threatened the country not to pass a bill that would give the families of the victims of 9/11 the right to sue foreign countries like Saudi Arabia.
The Kingdom also spends heavily in PR activities on US soil. Some of the major PR houses regularly promote and sell Saudi interests to Americans with an eye on improving the image of the Gulf country before the UN.
The PR machinery might be working towards achieving Saudi goal of crushing the US bill that is clearly against them, which explains why the release of the ’28 pages’ is uncertain.
President Barack Obama is looking to tide over the growing demands for the declassification of the ‘28 Pages’ till the elections are over a new president takes his place.
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