A new 9/11 conspiracy is gaining steam after the man known as the 20th hijacker alleged that he kept a log of Saudi royal family members who supported al-Qaida.
Zacarias Moussaoui already pleaded guilty to terror-related charges in 2005, and in new statements made as part of a civil lawsuit by 9/11 victims, he claims that many high-profile members of the royal family supported the terrorist attack.
Moussaoui claims that he was ordered by Osama bin Laden to maintain a database of donors. That list reportedly included some high-profile individuals, including Prince Turki al-Faisal Al Saud, former director-general of Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Intelligence Service and ambassador to the United States.
The statement comes just days after President Obama made a visit to the Saudi royal family, a trip that generated some conspiracy. During the visit, Michelle Obama appeared without a head scarf, which is forbidden in Saudi culture.
The 9/11 conspiracy seems to go against the findings of the 9/11 Commission, which noted that they could find no connection between the Saudi royal family and the attack. But the findings noted that the royal family could have supported al-Qaida by way of an intermediary.
“It does not appear that any government other than the Taliban financially supported al Qaeda before 9/11, although some governments may have contained al Qaeda sympathizers who turned a blind eye to al Qaeda’s fund-raising activities,” the report said.
“Saudi Arabia has long been considered the primary source of al Qaeda funding, but we have found no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded the organization.”
The Saudi government is hitting back against the 9/11 conspiracy theory claims, with the Saudi Embassy in Washington calling Moussaoui “a deranged criminal.”
“Moussaoui is a deranged criminal whose own lawyers presented evidence that he was mentally incompetent. His words have no credibility,” the statement said.
“(Moussaoui’s) goal in making these statements only serves to get attention for himself and try to do what he could not do through acts of terrorism — to undermine Saudi-U.S. relations.”
But Zacarias Moussaoui claims firsthand knowledge of the 9/11 conspiracy, saying he met personally with members of the Saudi royal family.