The long-classified pages detailing alleged Saudi Arabia government ties to the 9/11 hijackers will be released by Congress as early as Friday, sources told CNN Thursday.
Known as the “28 pages,” the document was part of a 2002 Congressional investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks and has been classified since the report’s completion.
Sources said there are still some procedural steps that need to be taken before the release.
Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the report will be posted on line soon.
“The House Intelligence Committee will get the redacted report today or tomorrow,” Schiff said. “The Senate and House intel committees should then give the formal go ahead to release the report since they originally produced it.”
There seems to be a lot of lip service being paid on all sides (even the Saudi government) about wanting these things to be released, but it is quite obvious that someone important somewhere doesn’t want them out there. At the very least, they want to push the release date back as far as they can.
Given the fact that most of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudi citizens, the speculation has always run a little wild about what the country may or may not have known. The declassified pages are to have some redactions, but they are said to be “minimal.
One thing is certain in D.C.: Friday is the day news that they don’t really want you paying attention to is released, so this may be a little more interesting than they’d like.