Pressure is reportedly mounting for President Barack Obama to make good on promises that he'll declassify 2003 documents that allegedly suggest a Saudi support network for hijackers in the 9/11 terror attacks.
According to The Hill
, the White House and intelligence officials are considering making public 28 pages that were redacted from a joint congressional inquiry as Obama plans a trip to Saudi Arabia this month.
The Daily Beast
reports Obama twice over the years has promised 9/11 families he'd declassify the information.
The pressure comes as former Sen. Bob Graham, who helped author the congressional report, tells CBS News' "60 Minutes" on Sunday the classified data outlines a network of people — including the Saudi government, charities and wealthy people — he believes supported the hijackers while they were in the United States.
excerpted video of the interview.
"I think it is implausible to believe that 19 people, most of who didn't speak English, most of whom never been in the United States before, many of whom didn't have a high school education could've carried out such a complicated task without some support from within the United States," Graham tells "60 Minutes."
Those interviewed by "60 Minutes" who read the 28 pages say it lays out the possibility the hijackers who settled in Southern California had official Saudi assistance, The Hill reports.
Graham said he believes the U.S. classified the pages to protect its delicate relationship with its ally, Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia flatly denied
Saudi government complicity in the terror attacks, calling the "60 Minutes" report "a compilation of myths and erroneous charges that have been thoroughly addressed not just by the Saudi government but also by the 9/11 Commission and the U.S. courts."
"The 9/11 Commission long ago put to rest these false accusations, which have caused fear of and cast doubt over Saudi Arabia," the statement added. "The 9/11 Commission confirmed that there is no evidence that the government of Saudi Arabia supported or funded al-Qaida. "
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