Blame Bush: Brits had bin Laden Intel in 1998
Wow, this is outrageous if true. Of course, the Guardian author conveniently leaves out the fact that in 1998-99 it was the Clinton CIA that failed to promise MI6 that Osama bin Laden wouldn't be tortured. Guardian:
Ministers insisted that British secret agents would only be allowed to pass intelligence to the CIA to help it capture Osama bin Laden if the agency promised he would not be tortured, it has emerged. MI6 believed it was close to finding the al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan in 1998, and again the next year. The plan was for MI6 to hand the CIA vital information about Bin Laden. Ministers including Robin Cook, the then foreign secretary, gave their approval on condition that the CIA gave assurances he would be treated humanely.So, who is at fault? George W. Bush, of course, even thought he wasn't President until 3 years later. It's Bush derangement syndrome at its finest.