The FBI has released chilling new details of its investigation of the September 11th attacks that lead to Tampa Bay.
The FBI released the records to the Broward Bulldog, an investigative news site in South Florida that had filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain more information from the FBI.
LINK: Documents released to the Broward Bulldog
The newly released records reveal a bizarre incident in Manatee County. FBI documents state on October 31, 2001, a man who had a visa from Tunisia was disposing of items into a dumpster behind a storage facility in Bradenton.
The document states "closer examination revealed that the items discarded in the dumpster included a self-printed manual on terrorism and jihad, a map of the inside of an unnamed airport, a rudimentary last will and testament, a weight-to-fuel ratio calculation for a Cessna 172 aircraft, flight training information from the Flight Training Center in Venice, Florida, and printed maps of Publix shopping centers in Tampa Bay."
A spokesman for Publix told FOX 13 the company is always concerned about the welfare of its associates and customers, and that Publix is just learning about this information as we are.
A spokesman for the Manatee County Sheriff confirmed the dumpster incident did occur, but he could find no record of it in the Manatee Sheriff's Office. He said Manatee County referred this case to the FBI, and the FBI would not discuss it (citing ongoing litigation over the release of records).
The newly-released documents also show the Tampa FBI office received a message that a person of interest in the September 11th terrorist investigation had re-entered the country. But names and other details have been censored in the documents.
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