The FBI has been accused of making a “giant mistake” by accidentally naming a Saudi official suspected of having a link with two of the 9/11 terrorists.
Dubbed one of the “ most sensitive secrets ” of the U.S. government, law enforcement attorneys mistakenly called Mussaed Ahmed al-Jarrah in public court documents, reports Yahoo News.
It is the first time that the Saudi ambassador to Washington has been identified in a public filing.
It was feared that if made public, it could cause “significant damage to national security”.
A protection order also forbade it to be made public.
But today, a senior US government official confirmed that it had been wrongly disclosed.
It is because an investigation is ongoing to identify and arrest individuals involved in the devastating attack.
It left more than 2,700 dead and left the world in mourning.
FBI agents suspected al-Jarrah had directed crucial support to two of the al-Qaida hijackers, the disclosure says, but this has never been proven.
A spokesman for the families of the 9/11 victims, who have accused the Saudi government of complicity, claim the court case represents a major breakthrough.
But spokesman Brett Eagleson, whose father was killed in the attacks, said of the name, “This is a huge mistake.”
Ministry of Justice officials have since taken the FBI statement from the public service.
“The document was incorrectly submitted in this case,” it says now.
FBI and Justice Department officials have not commented.
A Saudi government spokesman has also not responded to reports.
The government has previously denied any connection to the 9/11 hijackers.
They told it New York Times and ProPublica in January: “Saudi Arabia has always been a close and critical US ally in the fight against terrorism.”