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WikiLeaks Cable Suggests Three Previously Undisclosed Qataris Were Part of 9/11 Plot

In an article entitled "Leaked Cable Tells of 3 Previously Undisclosed Members of 9/11 Plot," The Washington Post reports that a U.S. diplomatic cable from 2010 released by WikiLeaks suggests that three Qatari men conducted surveillance of targets in New York and Washington weeks before the 9/11 attacks. The February 2010 cable, which was sent from the U.S. Embassy in Doha to Washington agencies, recommends that an individual named Mohamed al-Mansoori be added to a government watch list because he could be a threat to civil aviation.

According to the Post, the cable explains that “Mansoori assisted the group of three Qataris – identified as Meshal Alhajri, Fahad Abdulla and Ali Alfehaid – while they were in the United States.” The Washington Post also reports that the names of the three men were listed on a 2002 list of people the FBI wanted to question about the attacks. The FBI and CIA reportedly refused to comment on the cable’s release.

For the full text of the Post article, click here

Britain’s Telegraph also reported the existence of the cable, in an article entitled "Wikileaks: Did al-Qaeda Plot Fifth Attack on 9/11?" Telegraph reports that the three Qataris were due to fly to Washington on the eve of the attacks, but instead flew to Doha via London. 

Telegraph reports: 

"The Qatari men were scheduled to board American Airlines Flight 144 on September 10th from Los Angeles to Washington but did not turn up.

They instead boarded a British Airways flight to London, before flying back to Doha on another BA flight."

For the full text of the article, click here

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