WASHINGTON TIMES — Ahead of President Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia next week, the White House sidestepped questions Tuesday about whether the president supports declassifying 28 pages omitted from a joint commission’s report on the 9/11 terrorist attacks that reportedly implicate the Saudis.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Mr. Obama “certainly has confidence” that Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper will consider the documents for release as part of an ongoing declassification review. But he wouldn’t say whether the president has read the secret pages, or whether Mr. Obama believes they should be made public.
The president’s spokesman said Mr. Obama is hopeful that the question will be resolved before he leaves office.
The 28 pages are believed to detail links between Saudi Arabian officials and the 9/11 hijackers — 15 of 19 of whom were Saudi citizens. A CIA watchdog report last year found no evidence that the Saudi government “knowingly and willingly” supported al Qaeda’s attack.
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