Speaking in an interview with Arabiya TV, CIA Director John Brennan revealed his optimism the controversial 28 pages from the joint-congressional committee examining the September 11, 2001, attacks would soon be released and its disclosure would absolve Saudi Arabia of complicity in the attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.
The redacted 28 pages from the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 has long been suspected of containing details of Saudi involvement in the attacks and alleged links to the al-Qaeda network.
The 28 pages was withheld from the public by the Bush Administration.
Brennan referred to the 28-page section as a “preliminary review.”
“The 9/11 commission looked very thoroughly at these allegations of Saudi involvement … their conclusion was that there was no evidence to indicate that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually had supported the 9/11 attacks,” Brennan said.
The Saudi government has heatedly denied any connection to the attacks and has repeatedly rejected assertions its government has ties to the al-Qaeda terror group.
Congress is weighing legislation which would allow family members of terrorist attacks to proceed with legal action against foreign nations.
Although the Senate passed a version of the bill, the House is deliberating its own measure.
The White House has expressed its intent to veto the bill.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is currently studying the material to determine its suitability for release.
The White House announced in April it anticipated a June deadline for its decision on whether to release the documents.
[english.alarabiya.net] [Reuters] [AP]