FBI Seeking Three Men Potentially Involved in 9/11 Attacks, WikiLeaks Cable Claims
February 2, 2011
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—Three Qatari men who allegedly made up a covert team involved in the Sept. 11, 2011 tragedy are still on the lam but have been named in a new government cable shared by WikiLeaks and obtained by the U.K. Telegraph. Although it is unclear whether the men were to comprise a fifth suicide attack team or simply provide support to the other terrorists, the FBI is on a manhunt for the group.
The leaked cable indicates that the three Qatari suspects—Meshal Alhajri, Fahad Abdulla, and Ali Alfehaid—flew from London to New York in August of 2001 and conducted surveillance on the World Trade Center and other sites before flying to Los Angeles and checking into a shared room near the airport. The group paid in cash for their room, and hotel cleaning staff grew suspicious after noting that the men had pilot uniforms, a smashed cell phone, several laptops, and boxes addressed to the Middle East, the Telegraph notes.
On Sept. 10, the men were scheduled on American Airlines Flight 144 from L.A. to Washington but did not board. Instead, they took a flight back to Doha with a stopover in London, the Telegraph reports. The next day, that same American Airlines flight was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon.