7,527. 2/11/2010

“A newly released U.S. diplomatic cable discloses the existence of previously undisclosed participants in the Sept. 11, 2001, plot: a group of Qatari men who conducted surveillance of targets in New York and the Washington area before leaving the United States on the eve of the attacks. The three men flew into the United States on Aug. 15, 2001, and ‘visited the World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, the White House, and various areas in Virginia’ before flying on to Los Angeles, according to the [February 11, 2010] cable, part of the cache of documents obtained by the antisecrecy group WikiLeaks. But a U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity…said that the three men were ‘looked at’ within days of the attacks and that investigators concluded they could not be charged. ‘There is no manhunt,’ said the official, playing down a report in Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper that disclosed the contents of the cable. ‘There is no active case. They were looked at, but it washed out.’ ”

 – Peter Finn and Julie Tate, “Leaked Cable Tells of 3 Previously Undisclosed Members of 9/11 plot,” The Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2011

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