FBI agents have interviewed a Saudi (search) man suspected of helping two of the Sept. 11 hijackers, a U.S. Embassy official said Tuesday.
Omar al-Bayoumi was interviewed Sunday night by FBI agents in the Red Sea port city of Jiddah, where he lives, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The White House said Monday it was eager to question al-Bayoumi, who a congressional report says befriended and helped Al Qaeda members Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, two of the hijackers on the jet that crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Saudi government said last week it had authorized FBI (search) and CIA agents in Saudi Arabia to question al-Bayoumi. The FBI sent a team to Saudi Arabia over the weekend as part of the investigation, a senior U.S. law enforcement official said.
Saudi speak-out: Help, or hindrance?
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I feel that the Saudi government’s help is crucial to help us fight the war on terrorism; however I would like to see a more open and aggressive investigation of money tracking to get to the bottom of who in Saudi Arabia is funding terrorist activity.
Hot Springs, AR
There's one sure way to know if Saudi rulers were involved in 9/11. Ask President Bush or other high ranking government officials! They won't lie because they know it will eventually come out. If Saudis are involved, they will simply refuse to answer, citing "sensitive" info. If Saudis were not involved, they'd simply say so. Got it? Do I have to do ALL the thinking around here?
Obviously a HINDRANCE! The Saudis have turned on the PR machine to make it appear we're friends and that they're cooperating. But we're not stupid, neither are true.
New York, NY
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