President George W. Bush being welcomed in Riyadh in 2008. Bush and Obama administration officials say the Saudis are valuable in aiding the war on terror. Credit Jim Watson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
(Reuters) – The Obama administration is considering whether to declassify still-secret sections of a congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks which examined Saudi Arabian support for Islamist militants, the White House said on Thursday.
Interest in the 28-page section of the report was raised after an imprisoned former al Qaeda operative, Zacarias Moussaoui, said in deposition transcripts filed this week that more than a dozen prominent Saudi figures donated to his group in the late 1990s. Saudi officials have denied this.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that following a congressional request last year the intelligence community was undertaking a review of the decision to classify the secret section. He did not say when it might be completed.
Earnest sought to counter any concern about current U.S.-Saudi ties, saying: “The United States and Saudi Arabia maintain a strong counterterrorism relationship as a key element of our broad and strategic partnership”…