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WikiLeaks cable claims three Qataris in 9/11 plot

The group conducted surveillance of targets and left the US on eve of 9/11 attacks, leaked cable says

WikiLeaks cable claims three Qataris in 9/11 plot
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A
classified US document obtained by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks shows three
previously undisclosed participants in the September 11, 2001 plot, The
Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

The
three Qatari men arrived in the United States on August 15, 2001, conducted
surveillance of targets and left the country on the eve of the September 11 attacks,
according to the leaked US diplomatic cable.

The
three men "visited the World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, the
White House, and various areas in Virginia" before flying on to Los
Angeles, according to the leaked document.

A
US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the three Qataris
were "looked at" within days of the attacks and that investigators
concluded they could not be charged, The Washington Post reported.

"There
is no manhunt," the official was quoted as saying. "There is no
active case. They were looked at, but it washed out," he was quoted as
saying.

The
CIA and the FBI declined to comment on the cable, the Post said.

The
report said the three Qataris were part of a 2002 FBI list of people whom
authorities wanted to interview about the September 11 attacks.

After
the men left the East Coast, they stayed at a hotel near the Los Angeles
airport. Hotel staff later told investigators the men had "pilot-type"
uniforms and computer printouts listing pilot names, airlines, flight numbers
and flight times, the cable said.

The
men were scheduled to fly to Washington on September 10, 2001, on the plane
that was hijacked the next day and flown into the Pentagon. Instead, they flew
to London and then on to Qatar on September 13, according to the report.

The
three Qataris were part of a 2002 FBI list of people whom authorities wanted to
interview about the September 11 attacks, the Post said.

The
leaked cable was sent on February 11, 2010, from the US Embassy in Doha, Qatar
to various agencies in Washington, recommending that a man identified as
Mohamed al-Mansoori be added to a government watch list.

"He
is suspected of aiding people who entered the US before the attacks to conduct
surveillance of possible targets and providing other support to the
hijackers," the cable said.

 

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