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Operation Encore: US releases previously classified record of FBI investigation into Saudi government’s alleged links to 9 /11 attacks

The FBI has released previously classified details of its own investigation – named Operation Encore – into alleged links between the 9/11 attacks and the Saudi government.

A week after Joe Biden signed an executive order vowing to make public information the government had into the Al-Qaeda attacks in New York and Washington DC that killed 3,000, the FBI released a heavily redacted, 16-page summary of its own probe into possible links between the hijackers and Saudi officials.

He promised that an FBI electronic communication dating from April 4 2016, would be made public by September 11 2021, the 20th anniversary of the attacks.

Survivors of the attacks, along with relatives of those who died, had long expected the document could relate to Operation Encore, an investigation that the FBI continued, long after the 9/11 Commission issued its report in 2004, and which suggested America’s greatest error in not preventing the attacks had been a “failure of imagination”.

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As it was, the previously classified document was slipped out with minimal fanfare by the Department of Justice shortly before midnight on Saturday, and in doing so just meeting Mr Biden’s promise. It was located on a part of the DoJ website called the “The Vault”.

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