I couldn't access the Sunday Times article because I don't have a subscription. Heads up on different variations of this story coming out. A critical past of the story is this:
"The Sunday Times said it wouldn't identify the British-born man, who had been trained in how to hijack in Lahore, northeast Pakistan"
trained as hijacker
A former waiter in a Manchester curry house was recruited by Al-Qaeda and trained in preparation for the September 11 attacks before changing his mind and surrendering
British Man Trained for Sept. 11 Surrendered, Sunday Times Says
May 9 (Bloomberg) -- A British man who was trained to take part in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the U.S. gave himself up to U.S. authorities before the attacks, the Sunday Times said, citing the man without identifying him.
The man, who had worked as a waiter in a restaurant in Manchester, England, was questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation before being returned to the U.K. when officials didn't believe his claims. The man, who told the paper he had gambled and lost money given to him before he surrendered was also questioned by British police before being released, it said.
The Sunday Times said it wouldn't identify the British-born man, who had been trained in how to hijack in Lahore, northeast Pakistan, because he is in danger. He changed his mind about participating in the attack because he was concerned about his wife and child, the newspaper said.
A U.S. commission
is investigating intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks and is due
to release a report and final recommendations in July. A commission staff report
last month said the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
were slow to grasp the al-Qaeda threat in the 1990s and failed to develop a
plan to thwart the network.