The White House suggested Thursday that the Obama administration is preparing to declassify at least “some information” in a secret section of a report on the Sept. 11 attacks that some speculate might reveal that Saudi Arabia’s government played a role in that attack.
An intelligence agency is reviewing whether to declassify 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission report, which are the final summary of the commission’s findings about the events leading up to the attack.
Once that review is done, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said, “We expect that there will be some declassification that provides some information.” Rhodes made the statement Thursday while traveling with Obama to Saudi Arabia, where the president and top members of his national security team are holding a summit with officials from Gulf countries.
In the lead up to President Obama’s trip to Riyadh, several U.S. officials knocked down speculation that the Saudi government played a direct role in financing or planning the 9/11 attacks. Rhodes, who served as a spokesman for the 9/11 Commission, repeated that assessment on Thursday.