A senior U.S. official is denying allegations that American officials ignored warnings by the Moroccan-born wife of David Headley, a Drug Enforcement Administration informer in Pakistan who was convicted of helping to plan the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.
"She expressed concern about individuals that her husband was hanging around with," he said. "She had concerns that they were involved in a terrorist plot. She had no details about who he was associated with or what they might be contemplating."
The official, speaking on background because of the diplomatic sensitivity of the subject, said the wife "walked into the U.S. Embassy in December 2007. There was a follow-up meeting in 2008. That was the last contact that we had with her."
The attack occurred in November 2008.
An American former wife of Headley also expressed concern about Headley's activities to U.S. investigators two years earlier, news reports say, but Headley was able to continue his contacts and training with militants in Pakistan.
The senior U.S. official denied, however, that the information was ignored. "We took what the wives told us seriously," he insisted.