Saudi Royals attack filmmaker Moore
LONDON (Reuters) - Michael Moore got the facts wrong in his controversial film "Fahrenheit 9/11" and did not travel to Saudi Arabia to research his documentary, the Sunday Telegraph has quoted Saudi's ambassador to Britain as saying.
Prince Turki al-Faisal said in an interview the documentary was "grossly unfair" to the Saudis.
Moore's film has earned more than $100 million (55 million pounds) in the United States and become the most successful documentary ever.
Among its claims are that the Bush administration helped Saudi princes and members of Saudi born al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's family fly out of the United States immediately after the September 11 attacks, when air space was closed to all commercial traffic.
But the ambassador, who is half-brother to Crown Prince Abdullah, said the claim had been refuted in a report compiled by the 9/11 commission investigating the attack in Washington.
"It would have been far better if Michael Moore had been able to read the 9/11 report before he made his film. It shows that all the protocols were observed," he told the newspaper.
Prince Turki said Moore was given a visa to travel to Saudi Arabia but never came.
"He missed an important opportunity to find out key facts," he said.