A man named Yazid Sufaat, who lived in Kuala Lumpur, lent his condominium, the Kuala Lumpur Hotel, to Islamic veterans of the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan. Several people working on the attack came, including Hambali, Ramzi Binalshibh, Nawaf Al-Hazmi, Khalid Almihdhar, and Tawfiq bin Attash. The United States had intercepted a telephone call to Yemen which Almidhar made arrangements for the trip. Osama Bin Laden had called that telephone number dozens of times. The CIA asked Malaysian authorities to monitor the meeting, which was the 2000 Al Qaida Summit.
The men were also photographed when they came out of the meeting. U.S. investigators did not identify these men until much later. The meeting wasn't wiretapped, but it was videotaped. The meeting lasted from January 5 to January 8, 2000. The summit's purpose was allegedly to plan future terrorist attacks, which apparently included the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole and the September 11, 2001 plot.
U.S. Investigators figured out that Binalshibh attended by looking at credit card records. Sufaat was later arrested. He denied that he knew the men that Hambali asked him to keep in his condominium.