Washington, Jun 5: US National Security Adviser, James Jones on Saturday, Jun 5 confirmed that Indian investigators have been given access to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind, David Coleman Headley, who is being held in Chicago.
“Yes access (to Headley) has been given. This is an ongoing process and I don"t have any detailed information that will be helpful except to say that it is in the hands of right professionals from both countries," Jones told a news agency.
“We have fulfilled our commitment," he added.
The Pakistani-American terrorist confessed to his role in the 2008 terror attacks in India's financial capital, in which nearly 200 people were killed. Headley is linked to the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).
Although the US official has no details on how and when a team of visiting Indian sleuths was given access to Headley, he said, “We are very happy that in this world of terrorist activities that our two countries can work together to make sure that we exchange information rapidly, we exchange intelligence that we have, when we capture people that are mutual interest we try to arrange for those people to be interviewed by all interested sides in the interest of solving the problems of these networks."
Jones seemed to be uncertain if India's National Investigative Agency (NIA) would just have this one chance to question Headley or if this co-operation would be a long-time affair.
To a question on if access Headley is going to be one-time affair, the official answered, “I don"t know but the spirit of cooperation and respect for each other"s position is alive and well and we have taken the first step, we just have to wait and see whether there is any other request beyond this one."