But Panetta said the review and release of information is still consequential.
“At the same time I think it’s important to release that information so that we have a better sense of who played what role when it came to the tragedy of 9/11,” Panetta said.
The review could result in the release of new documents, should the agencies find some that can be declassified.
“The executive order requires the Attorney General to release the declassified documents publicly over the next six months,” Biden wrote in a statement at the time. “My heart continues to be with the 9/11 families who are suffering, and my Administration will continue to engage respectfully with members of this community. I welcome their voices and insight as we chart a way forward.”
A Justice Department spokesperson said in August that the government advised a Manhattan federal court that the FBI had recently closed an investigation related to certain September 11 hijackers.
“Although this development followed the U.S. District Court rulings upholding the government’s privilege assertions, the FBI has decided to review its prior privilege assertions to identify additional information appropriate for disclosure. The FBI will disclose such information on a rolling basis as expeditiously as possible,” the spokesperson said.
Biden praised the DOJ’s decision at the time, saying it followed through on his campaign promise to have the department work on releasing 9/11 records and doubled down on his commitment to the families of victims from the September 11 attacks.
CNN’s Donald Judd contributed to this report.
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