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Source: The Guardian / Raw Story
CIA withheld al-Qaida terrorist plot details from U.K. intelligence
By Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian
Thursday, April 5, 2012 19:18 EDT
CIA reportedly held back data from MI5 and MI6 in retaliation for UK court disclosing details of Briton held in Guantánamo Bay
The UK government has claimed that the US withheld information from MI5 and MI6 about a possible terrorist plot because they feared British courts would reveal evidence of wrongdoing by foreign intelligence agencies.
According to a story leaked to the Daily Telegraph, the CIA warned Britain’s security and intelligence agencies that al-Qaida was planning an attack 18 months ago but withheld detailed information. It quoted security sources saying the US move was in retaliation for a decision by UK courts more than two years ago to disclose a brief summary of CIA information.
That information confirmed that Binyam Mohamed, a British resident secretly flown to Guantánamo Bay, had been brutally treated. The CIA information was passed to MI5 and MI6, who fought unsuccessfully to suppress it.