FBI was tipped 3 yrs in advance of Mumbai
The wife of David Coleman Headley, American businessman, tipped the FBI that he was training in Pakistan as a terrorist. What did they do with the tip? Did they share it with Pakistanis? Did they share it with the FBI?
Coming from a spouse, it surely has some credibility that could be easily corroborated with other evidence.
Then again, how do you act on the evidence? You investigate. You share with prospective target governments. What did Pakistani government officials know and do with the information?
“Before '08 Mumbai attacks, U.S. was warned key figure in plot had terror ties
After a wave of coordinated terrorist attacks turned parts of Mumbai's financial district into a combat zone, officials in New Delhi, India, and Islamabad, Pakistan, grapple with the political and diplomatic fallout of India's deadliest terror attack in 15 years.
By Sebastian Rotella
Saturday, October 16, 2010; 2:47 AM
Three years before Pakistani terrorists struck Mumbai in 2008, federal agents in New York City investigated a tip that an American businessman was training inPakistan with the group that later executed the attack.
The previously undisclosed allegations against David Coleman Headley, who became a key figure in the plot that killed 166 people, came from his wife after a domestic dispute that resulted in his arrest in 2005.
In three interviews with federal agents, Headley's wife said that he was an active militant in the terrorist group Lashkar-i-Taiba, had trained extensively in its Pakistani camps, and had shopped for night-vision goggles and other equipment, according to officials and sources close to the case. The wife, whom ProPublica is not identifying to protect her safety, also told agents that Headley had bragged of working as a paid U.S. informant while he trained with the terrorists in Pakistan, according to a person close to the case.
Federal officials say the FBI "looked into" the tip, but they declined to say what, if any, action was taken. Headley was jailed briefly in New York on charges of domestic assault but was not prosecuted. He wasn't arrested until 11 months after the Mumbai attack, when British intelligence alerted U.S. authorities that he was in contact with al-Qaeda operatives in Europe.”
David Coleman Headley
"avid Coleman Headley, formerly known as Daood Sayed Gilani, (born June 30, 1960) is a Chicago-based Pakistani American, who conspired with Lashkar-e-Taiba and Pakistani ex-military officers to launch the 2008 Mumbai attacks and other terrorist activity. He changed his Muslim name to an Anglo name to hide his Muslim identity to make travel to India easier.
Since his arrest and guilty plea, Headley has been cooperating with the U.S. authorities and has yielded much information about the Mumbai attacks. Additionally, investigators from India's NIAinterrogated Headley in Chicago, and in July 2010 requested non-bailable warrants to arrest Headley and other Pakistani men.
There is intense interest in India in Headley's story, as it is the latest discovery in the unfolding saga of the devastating Mumbai attacks of November 26, 2008, known in India as 26/11. As U.S. authorities took time to give Indian investigators direct access to Headley, there was suspicion in India about the U.S. government's motives in keeping Headley under wrap. This suspicion continues even after the NIA was given direct access to Headley for a week in June 2010."