WASHINGTON Documents from the Abbottabad compound reveal discussions among Osama bin Ladens aides about promises of no al-Qaeda attacks in Pakistan in exchange for sheltering their leader, but no evidence that an offer was made, according to The New York Times. Citing unnamed American officials, the newspaper said in a dispatch published on Friday that the documents included messages between bin Laden and his top operations chief over the past year, provides the first suggestion that the al-Qaeda chief considered Pakistans government amenable to a bargain that would ensure the safety of top Qaeda leaders. The officials emphasised they had found no evidence that such a proposal, which one American official said was in the discussion phase, was ever raised with Pakistani military or intelligence operatives. But the fact that bin Laden even considered a truce with Pakistan suggests he thought the idea might have had some support inside the countrys national security establishment, the dispatch claimed. The Central Intelligence Agency is poring over a huge electronic database that Navy Seal commandos seized during the raid that killed Bin Laden this month. The new details about the information came as the American officials said that Pakistan had granted permission for the CIA to send a forensics team to search bin Ladens compound. Many American officials are skeptical that bin Laden could have hidden for so long inside Pakistan without at least the tacit approval of some Pakistani officials, according to the Times. Top American officials said they had yet to see any evidence of official approval from the electronic files. But new information is being discovered about al-Qaedas structure, particularly about a tier of operatives bin Laden corresponded with who were in charge of the networks daily operations, the dispatch said. In particular, the documents highlight the central role played by Atiya Abdul Rahman, the operations chief with whom American officials said bin Laden discussed a possible truce with Pakistan. Rahman is a Libyan operative who came into the job after a drone strike in 2010 that killed his boss, Sheik Saeed al-Masri. The job of al-Qaeda operations head is particularly perilous, as the CIA drone strikes in Pakistan have killed a number of people holding that position over the past year. The American officials and terrorism experts said the position was dangerous because the operations chief had to communicate with the al-Qaeda operatives outside Pakistan, communications that were often intercepted by the American eavesdropping. Last year, the American officials said, Rahman notified bin Laden of a request by the leader of al-Qaedas affiliate in Yemen to install Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born cleric, as the leader of the group in Yemen. That group, known as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, apparently thought Awlakis knowledge of the United States and his status as an Internet celebrity might help the groups operations and fund-raising efforts. But, according to the American officials, bin Laden decided that the groups leadership should remain unchanged. Pakistans decision to allow a CIA forensic team to search the compound, first reported on Thursday by The Washington Post, comes after weeks of private talks between uneasy allies, the Times said. It may be more important for symbolic than substantive reasons, as the Obama administration does not appear optimistic that the team would uncover secret tunnels or buried clues that could yield fresh information about Qaeda operations, it said. Still, the American and Pakistani officials are, at least publicly, trying to play down tensions in a deeply fractured relationship, the dispatch noted. In another move aimed at thawing relations, Pakistan last week returned to the Americans the severed tail of a Black Hawk helicopter that was crashed at the Abbottabad compound on the night of the raid.