US denies Headley wives` warnings ignored

US Monday admitted that LeT terrorist David Headley`s wives had multiple conversation with its officials in 2007 and 2008 about his radical connections, but said the information was not specific.

Updated: Oct 19, 2010, 09:19 AM IST

Washington: US Monday admitted that LeT
terrorist David Headley`s wives had multiple conversation with
its officials in 2007 and 2008 about his radical connections,
but said the information was not specific.

"In the contacts that we had with his spouses, there
was not specific information as to who he was associated with
or what they were planning to do," the State Department
spokesman P J Crowley told reporters at his daily news
conference.

Crowley said his response was based in the context of
two meetings that the State Department officials had with one
of Headley`s spouses in late 2007 and early 2008.

"She did provide us some information. We followed up
on that information and provided it to relevant agencies
across the US government," he said.

Responding to reporters` questions, Crowley insisted
that the US authorities followed up with the information
provided by Headley`s wives.

"Did we follow up? The answer is yes. Have -- did we
share information with our security partners, including India,
you know, prior to the Mumbai attacks? The answer is yes," he
insisted.

"We have cooperated with India, you know, since then.
You know, I think (US) Ambassador (to India, Tim) Roemer, put
out an extensive statement in Delhi over the weekend that
highlighted both our cooperation with India, prior to and
after," he said.

"Needless to say, I will just say that going back over
some of the information they provided to us, there was concern
expressed by both spouses; at the same time, the information
was not specific. I think everyone should understand that, if
we did have specific information on this, we would have
absolutely provided it to the Indian government, you know,
beforehand.

"The fact is that while we had information and
concerns, it did not detail a time or a place of the attack,"
Crowley said.

The State Department spokesman said the co-operation
with India post-Mumbai has increased tremendously.

"We have an extensive dialogue with India. As we build
a strategic partnership with India and security is one of
those areas, our cooperation with India has expanded," he
said.

"We continue to cooperate extensively with Indian
officials. We were doing so prior to the Mumbai attacks. We
have done so since the Mumbai attacks. Security is an area of
significant dialogue between our law-enforcement and
intelligence agencies and those of the Indian government,? he
said.

"We will continue to cooperate with India on the
security front, even as we expand our dialogue and our
cooperation with India on many, many fronts. And obviously,
this will be part of the president`s, you know, visit to India
next month," Crowley said.

PTI