New Classified Leaked Documents linking Saudis to 9/11?

June 24, 2009

(ChattahBox)— The lawsuit filed against Saudi Arabia and the royal family by 7,630 victims of the terrorist attacks of September, 11 just got more interesting, with the anonymous leaking of 55 classified government documents from an American intelligence agency, to a lawyer for one of the families represented in the lawsuit.

The justice department was so shaken by the leak that it forced the lawyers to destroy their copies of the documents and is filing a motion to prevent a judge from ever viewing the sensitive material, according to the New York Times.

The classified documents were supposedly handed to a member of the South Carolina law firm, Motley Rice, the firm of a well-known trial lawyer, Ronald Motley. Although the contents of the documents are unknown, lawyers with Motley Rice are urgently filing motions to have them entered into the court file.

We wouldn’t be fighting this hard, and we wouldn’t have turned the material over to the judge, if we didn’t think it was really important to the case,” said Jodi Flowers, a lawyer with Motley Rice.

These leaked documents may or may not have any impact on the upcoming appeal by the families before the Supreme Court, but the speculation that they may link the Saudis to the 9/11 attacks is surely provocative. The Justice department filed a brief siding with the Saudis, asking the Supreme Court not to hear the appeal.

The 9/11 families have faced an uphill battle in their attempts to hold the Saudi government accountable for the terrorists attacks. The legal concept of sovereign immunity grants the country immunity from legal action in the United States against a sovereign nation and its leaders.

The Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has already ruled against the 9/11 families’ lawsuit on sovereign immunity grounds.

Whether or not the newly leaked documents do indeed link the Saudis to the terrorist attacks, they may never see the light of day. However numerous other documents obtained by the plaintiffs’ lawyers under the Freedom of Information Act, show possible links to the Saudis and the 9/11 terrorists. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers, originated from Saudi Arabia.

The obtained documents show suspicious financial transactions to Middle Eastern charities, known to fund al-Qaeda terrorists, but don’t provide direct evidence of a conspiracy. The lawyer representing Prince Muhammad al-Faisal al-Saud derides the evidence as flimsy, claiming the lawsuit is without merit.

Some of the evidence includes payments made by the Saudi royal family to suspect charities, such as the International Islamic Relief Organization and the Saudi High Commission for Aid to Bosnia, which have been known to fund al-Qaeda and terrorism.

A sworn witness statement says an emissary for Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal, handed over a check for one billion Saudi riyals to a Taliban leader.

Meanwhile, Obama administration officials are seeking to mend the wounds from the families’ lawsuit against the Saudis and the government’s support of the Saudi government. White House officials met with 9/11 family members on Monday to brief them on their progress in cracking down on terrorist financing.


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2 Responses to “New Classified Leaked Documents linking Saudis to 9/11?”

  1. Old Man Dotes on June 24th, 2009 4:16 pm

    It would be rather amusing if those documents turned up on a blog site outside of US control, wouldn’t it?

  2. New Classified Leaked Documents May Link Saudis to 9/11 « Dr. Steve Best on December 10th, 2010 1:08 pm

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