At the request of survivors and victims' relatives, the Joe Biden government said it would review its files on terrorist attacks to determine if it can declassify any more.
On Monday, the United States said that it would review its files on the 9/11 attacks to determine if it can declassify any more, under pressure from the victims' families.
The announcement comes three days after hundreds of survivors and relatives of the victims of the attacks asked the president of the United States, Joe Biden, not to attend the celebrations of the twentieth anniversary next month unless they are published. Before new documents about what happened.
"My administration is committed to ensuring the highest degree of transparency under the law," Biden said in a statement.
The president assured that the US Department of Justice had promised on Monday that "a new review of the documents" which the government has kept secret so far "and promised to do so as soon as possible.
Biden did not specify whether the review would end before the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Many congressmen and victims' associations have been calling for more transparency over the years regarding US documents on the attacks, which so far have refused to be declassified by all national presidents.
During his election campaign, Biden promised to publish as much information as possible. Still, the victims' relatives say that he has so far ignored their requests on the matter. They are sure that the Government has documents that would implicate Saudi officials in acts of violence. Terrorism.
In his statement, Biden acknowledged that the families of those killed on that day "have been pursuing justice and accountability for 20 years" and that he "welcomes" the workers' claims.
But he also reiterated that he would respect the guidelines established during the Barack Obama Administration (2009-2017) that allow restricting the publication of documents if the Government considers that they disclose "state secrets".
This lowers expectations of a spectacular revelation, especially before the 20th anniversary of the attacks falls in just one month.
Brett Eagleson, who lost his father Bruce in the attack on the Twin Towers in New York, said last week that the victims' families are "frustrated, tired and saddened" by the secrecy of the US government.
In an interview with NBC News, Eagleson downplayed the possible effect of a review like the one Biden announced on Monday, saying that his predecessors also told those same investigations and used them as "delay tactics," but ended up "protecting the Saudi Government."
About 3,000 people were killed in attacks orchestrated by the terrorist organization Al Qaeda on the World Trade Center in New York, at the Pentagon, and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.