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Report on 9/11 is called "explosive'

A long-awaited final report on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will be released in the next two weeks, containing new information about U.S. government mistakes and Saudi financing of terrorists.

One former House Intelligence Committee member who has read the report, Rep. Tim Roemer, D-Ind., described the findings as "highly explosive."

Eleanor Hill, the staff director for the investigative panel created by the joint House and Senate intelligence committee, said Wednesday that several lengthy battles with the Bush administration over how much secret data to declassify have been resolved.

She expects the declassified version of the 800-page report to go to the Government Printing Office this week and then be made public about a week later.

Roemer would not discuss details of the report. He said he expects the public version to be a compromise between intelligence officials who wanted to hold back data and congressional leaders and staffers who pressed for more disclosure.

Knight Ridder Newspapers, quoting an unnamed source who it said is familiar with the investigation, reported that sections on ties between the Saudi royal family, government officials and terrorists, and on intelligence warnings before the attacks, are especially likely to make headlines.

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