October 18th, 2010
04:05 PM ET

U.S. official denies intelligence breakdown in Mumbai attack

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.


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  1. Frank

    We never seem to be able to see the forest from the trees.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |

    I am not trust presdent obama that before he was used musilims so he can't change to his mind brain about his christmas
    The supperme court will consider an appeal by former atterony general john ascroft to throw out a lawsuit seeking to hold him person alley responsible for improperry arrest a musilms us. Citizen after the 9 11 201
    Im belived that fox news are alright

    October 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tombday

    I.am not suprised that this thing happened. I LOOK 4 more in the future.

    October 18, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. disgust

    Nothing shocking,our gov ,incompent,when comes to our national security,.why each act 9\11,fort hood and mumbai the gov were warn and did nothing?simple,greed,corruption and all the above I already mention.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. disgust

    Cnn censors cannt express it all

    October 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michelle

    Well its become obvious that all of our branches of government are double agents. I certainly see no evidence otherwise. They are like a cheating spouse caught on video and still denying any wrong doing. The american people are the butt of a huge joke and we are footing the bill for the worlds comedy show.

    October 19, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |