New Delhi: American-born Lashker-e-Taiba
terrorist David Headley, accused of plotting Mumbai terror
attack in 2008, had "hatered" towards India and warned that he
would stop helping the probe if his admission of guilt was
linked to cooperation with New Delhi.
According to a secret US embassy cable made public by
Wikileaks, this was conveyed by FBI Director Robert Mueller
during his meeting with Home Minister P Chidambaram in
February this year.
"Noting that the process of Headley’s proffer of
evidence is nearing a critical stage, Mueller observed that
Headley has expressed hatred toward India and may clam up if
his guilty plea is tied in any way to cooperation with the
Government of India," the leaked cable by categorised as
"secret" US envoy to India Timothy Roemer said.
While the Home Minister had said India would not be
using the information provided by the US in prosecution of
26/11 Mumbai terror accused including Ajmal Kasab,
Chidambaram, however, made it clear to Mueller that Indian
sleuths had collected information on their own through
examination of Headley’s computer and emails.
The Home Minister had also insisted on having an access
to Headley’s spouse, Shaiza, who he said is in Chicago and so
Indian investigators can question her on the meaning of her
alleged message to Headley that she "saw your graduation."
Headley, accused of plotting the 26/11 Mumbai attacks at
the behest of LeT and conspiring to target a Danish newspaper,
pleaded guilty to all terror charges before a US court on
March 18 this year.
The plea was seen as an attempt by 50-year-old Headley
to escape death penalty as he faced six counts of conspiracy
involving bombing public places in India, murdering and
maiming persons in India and providing material support to
foreign terrorist plots and LeT and six counts of aiding and
abetting the murder of US citizens in India.
But his plea agreement with federal prosecutors ruled
out death penalty and extradition to India, Pakistan and
Denmark, provided he cooperates with the government`s
invesitgations into terrorist acts. Headley, a Chicago
resident, was arrested by FBI`s joint terrorism task force on
October 3 last year.
Headley had admitted he participated in planning the
November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai as well as planning
to attack a Danish newspaper later.
A 35-page plea agreement containing a detailed recitation
of Headley`s participation in terror conspiracies was
presented when he changed his plea to guilty.
"By this plea agreement, defendant agrees to enter a
voluntary plea of guilty to all counts," said the plea
agreement of Headley.