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Monday, February 18, 2008
2001-10-03: FBI Communication, associates of Omar Al-BayoumiThe San Diego field office's investigation of Omar Al-Bayoumi yielded a great deal of data on his time at the Parkwood Apartment complex, where hijackers Al-Midhar and Al-Hazmi moved after arriving in San Diego. Telephone connections put Bayoumi within three degrees of separation of the bin Laden family on one hand and blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman on the other, but the FBI's redactions of this document make the number of degrees and their intensity unclear.
Among other things, this document states:
Falls Church, Virginia and "determined... to have been the spiritual leader for hijacker Nawaf Al-Hazmi."
Two versions of the document were released. Each has slightly different redactions by the FBI.
FBI Communication, associates of Omar Al-Bayoumi Version 1
FBI Communication, associates of Omar Al-Bayoumi Version 2
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