Congress has released previously classified documents about whether the Saudi government had a role in the 9/11 attacks. The pages show no officials links between the Saudi government and the hijackers who killed nearly 3,000 people in New York. However, the report found it was likely that the attackers had financial help from people inside the kingdom. An independent panel completed the 9/11 Commission Report in 2002. But several pages - informally known as "the 28 Pages" - were withheld from the public for 13 years, fuelling speculation about their contents.
CIA Director John Brennan said in an interview with a Saudi Arabian television station Sunday that he expects the 28 classified pages of a U.S. congressional report into the Sept. 11 attacks to absolve Saudi Arabia of responsibility. "I think the 28 pages will be published and I support their publication and everyone will see the evidence that the Saudi government had nothing to do with it," Brennan said in an interview with Arabiya TV, according to Reuters. The classified section of the 2002 report is a key part to a dispute over whether Americans should be able to sue Saudi Arabia for damages. The Senate approved legislation last month allowing families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the Saudi government, defying a White House veto threat as well as threats of economic retaliation from Riyadh. Saudi Arabia's government has threatened to pull billions of dollars from the U.S. economy if the plan is enacted.