Speaking at a conference in Melbourne, Australia, just 10 hours before the first plane hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, former President Bill Clinton reportedly revealed that he passed on the opportunity to kill Osama bin Laden.

Clinton said he decided against the operation to take out bin Laden because hundreds of innocent civilians would have died as well, according to a bombshell report by Sky News Australia.

Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Credit: AFP/Getty Images

“I’m just saying, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden — he’s a very smart guy, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about him — and I nearly got him once. I nearly got him,” Clinton says in an alleged recording of his speech. “And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him.”

For that reason, he said, “I didn’t do it.”

The audio, which was apparently recorded with Clinton’s go-ahead, only emerged after one of the men who attended the the Sept. 10, 2001, conference released it to Sky News on Wednesday.

Listen to the alleged audio here via Sky News:

(H/T: NYDailyNews)