US to review handling of info given by Headley`s wives: Report

The US has launched a review of the US agencies` handling of inputs provided by two of the three wives of Mumbai attacks plotter David Headley about his radical connections and involvement in the 26/11 strikes.

Washington: The US has launched a review of
the US agencies` handling of inputs provided by two of the
three wives of Mumbai attacks plotter David Headley about his
radical connections and involvement in the 26/11 strikes.

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Admiral (Retd)
James Clapper "has initiated an after-action review to
determine lessons learnt," Jamie Smith, the newly-appointed
spokeswoman of DNI, said, ahead of President Barack Obama`s
India visit in early November.

"Reviews of this nature are an important part of improving
existing processes. Since these events occurred, advancements
in information sharing systems have been made by applying the
lessons learned from these reviews," she said.

A federal law enforcement official was quoted as saying
in a report on ProPublica website that the State Department
did report information about a 2007 warning from Headley`s
Moroccan wife after she met twice with officials of the US
diplomatic security bureau and Immigration and Customs
Enforcement in Pakistan.

Officials have determined that the diplomatic security
officer sent a written report about her allegations to
the FBI, CIA and DEA, ProPublica said.

What happened after that will be a focus of the
inquiry to be conducted by none other than Clapper.

The White House and the State Department have so far
maintained that there was no lapse in the investigation based
on the information provided by the two wives of Headley ?
first in 2005 and then in 2007.

The Obama Administration has insisted that the tip-off
was taken seriously, but this was general in nature and not
specific to those related to Mumbai.

"Had we known about the timing and other specifics
related to the Mumbai attacks, we would have immediately
shared those details with the government of India," spokesman
of the National Security Council Mike Hammer had said earlier.

"The US regularly provided threat information to
Indian officials in 2008 before the attacks in Mumbai. It is
our government`s solemn responsibility to notify other nations
of possible terrorist activity on their soil," Hammer had said
in reference to the latest report on the Mumbai terrorist
attack.

ProPublica said officials declined to provide further
specifics but the review is certain to examine the response of
federal agencies to the warnings and the extent to which the
enigmatic Headley`s work as a US informant overlapped with his
activity as a militant of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group.

"These events happened some time ago and given recent
press reports he (DNI) initiated an action-after review to
look into whether any further improvements on the information
sharing system need to be made," a federal official was quoted
as saying by ProPublica.

PTI

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