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Claims Against Saudis Cast New Light On Secret Pages Of 9/11 Report - NYTimes.com

FILE - This July 22, 2004 file photo shows a Barnes and Noble book store in Springfield, Ill., displaying "The 9/11 Commissio
FILE - This July 22, 2004 file photo shows a Barnes and Noble book store in Springfield, Ill., displaying "The 9/11 Commission Report", the final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attack upon the United States. The CIA released hundreds of pages of declassified documents related to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that detail the agency’s budgetary woes leading up to the attacks and its attempts to track al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Many of the documents are cited in the 9/11 Commission report. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

WASHINGTON — A still-classified section of the investigation by congressional intelligence committees into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has taken on an almost mythic quality over the past 13 years — 28 pages that examine crucial support given the hijackers and that by all accounts implicate prominent Saudis in financing terrorism.

Now new claims by Zacarias Moussaoui, a convicted former member of Al Qaeda, that he had high-level contact with officials of the Saudi Arabian government in the prelude to Sept. 11 have brought renewed attention to the inquiry’s withheld findings, which lawmakers and relatives of those killed in the attacks have tried unsuccessfully to declassify.

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