The president of the United States, Joe Biden, ordered to declassify in the next six months still secret documents of the government investigation into the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Biden thus responds to pressure from the families of some of the approximately 3,000 people killed by Al Qaida on September 11, 2001.
The families have long argued that the classified documents could contain evidence that the government of Saudi Arabia, a close ally of the United States, had ties to the hijackers who blew up and hit planes inside the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
“Today I signed an executive order asking the Justice Department and other relevant agencies to oversee a review of declassified documents related to the FBI’s 9/11 investigations,” Biden said in a statement. The declassification must take place “within the next six months”.
“We must never forget the lasting pain of the families and loved ones of the 2,977 innocents who were killed during the worst terrorist attack against the United States in our history,” Biden said.