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Man in 9/11 Report No Saudi Agent, Saudi Official Says

A Saudi man named in an upcoming U.S. congressional report as knowing two of the Sept. 11 hijackers was not a Saudi government agent as some media reports have portrayed him, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, said on Wednesday. Omar Al-Bayoumi knew hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi when they lived in San Diego a year before the Sept. 11 attacks and helped pay their rent, U.S. authorities say. Al-Bayoumi, who left the United States in April 2001, in a published report last year denied that he had helped the two hijackers and said he had been cleared by U.S. and British investigators. “Reports that Omar Al-Bayoumi is an agent of the Saudi government are baseless and not true,” Prince Bandar said in a statement. Full Story

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