WASHINGTON (AP) -- Osama bin Laden speaks fondly of several Sept. 11 hijackers on the videotape released by the U.S. military, asking Allah to "accept their action," according to a more thorough translation of the tape by a government-hired Arabic expert.
The new analysis of the videotape released last week revealed "a whole bunch of names," translator George Michael said in an interview with The Associated Press.
The Pentagon said Friday that its less-complete translation was not aimed at concealing information.
"There was every attempt to give you the best translation we could in a relatively limited amount of time," Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke told a press briefing.
The White House echoed that sentiment, saying there was no deliberate effort to omit words. "I think that's far-fetched," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.
Michael, one of two translators hired by the government, said he handed his more detailed transcript to the Pentagon on Wednesday at 1 p.m. He would identify only three names: Nawaq Alhamzi, Salem Alhamzi and Wail Alshehri.
An independent translator, who is a native Saudi, told the AP that bin Laden also utters the name Alghamdi several times in reference to suspected hijackers Ahmed Alghamdi, Hamza Alghamdi and Saeed Alghamdi.
References bin Laden made in the original transcription of the tape already tied him to the attacks -- but naming and blessing several hijackers suggests an intimacy that would reinforce U.S. claims of his deep involvement in the planning.
Federal investigators believe Alshehri was on American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to hit the World Trade Center in New York; Alhamzi and Alhamzi were on American Airlines Flight 77, which hit the Pentagon.
Ahmed and Hamza Alghamdi were aboard United Flight 175, the second plane to crash into the World Trade Center. Saeed Alghamdi died aboard United Flight 93, which crashed 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
The names only emerged now, Michael said, because the first translation was rushed in 12 hours, in a room in the Pentagon. It took four days to complete the fuller transcript, Michael said.
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