The phone numbers found with a senior al-Qaeda operative captured six months after the 9/11 attack suggest ‘indirect’ links to a US-based company associated with Saudi prince Bandar Bin Sultan.
Pakistani anti-terror forces captured Aby Zubaydah a nom de guerre for Zayn al-Abidin Muhammed Hussein, in an overnight raid. Aby Zubaydah was a recruiter for the terror group and one of Osama Bin Laden’s top aides.
14 years after Zubaydah was apprehended, newly declassified information from a 2002 congressional report on the 9/11 attacks, dubbed the “28 pages,” reveals an indirect link previously hidden from the American public between the alleged al Qaeda operative and a company associated with a key member of the Saudi royal family, former Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
Ever since 19 men — 15 of them Saudi nationals — hijacked four airplanes and changed the course of American history, the possibility of official Saudi involvement has hung over the relationship between the two countries.
The connection to Bandar was made through Zubaydah’s phone book, retrieved during the Pakistani raid in which he was taken. In it, the FBI found numbers linked to the United States, including an unlisted number for a company that managed Bandar’s estate in Aspen, Colorado. An unlisted number was also found for a bodyguard who worked at the Saudi Embassy in Washington.