Zacarias Moussaoui who played a significant role in the 9/11 terror attack, said in a sworn statement that the Saudi royal family funded al Qaeda, according to press stories. Moussaoui was charged with six terror charges in 2005 and is in captivity. He made his statements as part of a brief in an ongoing civil case involving the families of 9-11 victims.
Moussaoui kept the books for al Qaeda, and the French national was given the task of recording donations in his computer. He said donors included members of the Saudi royal family as well as Turki al-Faisal Al Saud, former director general of Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Intelligence Service and ambassador to the U.S.
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The 9/11 commission report has long said that there didn’t seem to be funding for al Qaeda outside of the Taliban government in Afghanistan. The report acknowledged that the Saudis were believed to have been supporters, but there was no innocence.
There have been questions regarding Moussaoui’s sanity. One expert witness describe him as a paranoid schizophrenic, and he often behaved erratically during the trial, but the judge, Leonie Brinkema, said he had a better understanding of the legal system than many lawyers in her court and was fully satisfied he was of sound mind. Moussaoui has said that the Saudi embassy was fully aware of al Qaeda’s plans to down Air Force One with a Stinger missile.
The Saudi government denies Moussaoui’s allegations and claims he is mentally unstable, is craving attention and simply wants to create a rift between Saudi Arabia and the U.S.