The US Department of Justice has said it will reveal a key name sought by people suing Saudi Arabia for alleged involvement in the 9/11 attacks.
It says the information will be shared with lawyers representing the victims’ families. It is unclear if the person’s identity will become public.
Fifteen of the 19 al-Qaeda hijackers who staged the attacks were Saudis.
In 2004, the 9/11 commission set up by Congress found no evidence that the Saudi government funded al-Qaeda.
However, a 2012 report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said the agency was investigating Fahad al-Thumairy and Omar Ahmed al-Bayoumi, Saudi nationals who had allegedly helped the attackers.
Mr al-Thumairy is a former Saudi consulate official, and Mr al-Bayoumi was once suspected of being a Saudi intelligence officer, according to the Washington Post.
The FBI report, which was released in a redacted form, also referred to the third person. But the name was blacked out.
The victims’ families suing the Saudi government have been demanding for the identity of that person to be released.
On 11 September 2001, attackers flew planes they had seized into New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington DC. Another hijacked plane was brought down in a field in Pennsylvania.
Saudi Arabia has always denied any connection…