Britain agreed to pass intelligence about the whereabouts of Usama bin Laden to the CIA only if the U.S. agency promised he would not be tortured, the Guardian newspaper reports.
The plan, outlined in a 75-page report by the British parliament's intelligence and security committee, approved the British sharing of bin Laden intelligence only if the U.S. gave assurances he would be treated humanely, the paper reports.
Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, believed it had information that would lead to the Al Qaeda leader's capture in Afghanistan in 1998 and 1999.
"In 1998, SIS [MI6] believed that it might be able to obtain actionable intelligence that might enable the CIA to capture Osama bin Laden," the Guardian quoted the report as saying.
"Given that this might have resulted in him being rendered from Afghanistan to the U.S., SIS sought ministerial approval," the report continued. "This was given provided that the CIA gave assurances regarding humane treatment."