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Saudi Denies U.S. Report of Likely Link to a Suspect

A Saudi Arabian government official said today that a Saudi citizen identified in a recent Congressional report on the September 2001 attacks as a likely intelligence operative was an accountant who never worked as a Saudi government agent. The Saudi official, who is responsible for terrorism investigations, said that Omar al-Bayoumi, who befriended two of the 9/11 hijackers in California more than a year before the attacks, was employed by a contractor for the Saudi civil aviation authority. “He was never an agent of the Saudi government,” the official said at a meeting with reporters at the Saudi Embassy. Asked if Mr. Bayoumi might have an informal intelligence relationship with Saudi authorities, the official replied that he had “none whatsoever.” Full Story

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