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WikiLeaks document: U.S. eyed four men for roles in 9/11, but says they lacked evidence
Four men who may have helped plan the deadly 9/11 attacks were eyed by the U.S. before Sept. 11, but authorities say they couldn't be prosecuted, according to a recently leaked document.
The classified cable comes from WikiLeaks and was posted online by London's Daily Telegraph. It reveals that authorities suspect three men from Qatar, and another man from the United Arab Emirates, played a role in the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, but no charges were ever brought against the men.
The classified documents state that the current whereabouts of the suspects are unknown, and a law enforcement official who spoke anonymously to Fox News said, there was never enough evidence to bring chares against the men."
But a senior federal law enforcement official told the Daily News no 9/11 link was established after an "exhaustive investigation."
"I don't think there's any evidence they were associated with 9/11," the U.S. official said. "There is no manhunt or active investigation."
The cable, dated Feb. 2010, does not specify when authorities began tracking the three men from Qatar, but states they first visited the U.S. in August 2001.
The trio then went to Los Angeles aboard an American Airlines flight, then paid for the hotel in cash. They were scheduled to stay until Sept. 10, and requested that their hotel rooms not be cleaned during the last few days of their stay.
"Hotel cleaning staff grew suspicious of the men because they noticed pilot type uniforms, several laptops, and several cardboard boxes addressed to Syria, Jerusalem, Afghanistan, and Jordan in the room on previous cleaning visits," the document states.
Staff also told authorities "the men had a smashed cellular phone in the room and a cellular phone attached by wire to a computer. The room also contained pin-feed computer paper printouts with headers listing pilot names, airlines, flight numbers, and flight times."
The three Qatar men were supposed to take an American Airlines flight back to Washington, D.C. on Sept. 10, but never showed. The plane they were supposed to fly on was the same plane hijacked the next day and used to crash into the Pentagon, the document said.
The fourth man, Mohamed Ali Mohamed Al Dahham Al Mansoori, is believed to have accompanied the three others during their time in California. He is "currently under investigation," the document states.
"Al Mansoori's visa was revoked after this information came to light, but his name was not watchlisted," the document stated, recommending that he be added to the list since he is being investigated by the FBI for "possible ties to terrorism."
Zacarias Moussaoui, known as the "20th hijacker," is serving a life sentence and remains the only person tried and convicted for the 9/11 attacks. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others face charges relating to the attacks, but are still awaiting their days in court.