US officials tight-lipped on Headley interrogation

Written by: Samyuktha
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Chicago, Jun 8: Even a week after India's National Investigative Agency (NIA) sleuths landed in the United States to question the 26/11 Pakistani-American terrorist, David Coleman Headley, there seems to be no clarity on the progress of the interrogation.

Few days back, reports emerged that Headley was not cooperating with the Indian investigative officials. Quoting NIA sources, Indian media reported that the American jihadi was refusing to speak by invoking the Fifth Amendment, which gives him the right to remain silent.

Adding to the apprehension of the country, the US officials have chosen to stay mum on the interrogation of the Pakistan-born Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative.

When contacted by a news agency, US Attorney's Office spokesperson in Chicago, Randall Samborn declined to comment.

"I know the National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones has said that access to Headley has been given and the matter is in the hands of the relevant professionals from both governments," said Samborn.

A spokesperson for Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also refused to comment on the matter.

Since the 26/11 case involves Indian jurisdiction, "it would be highly inappropriate for us to make any comment," an FBI spokesperson said on Tuesday, Jun 8.

The only statement that US has given regarding Headley is that the Indian slueths have been given access to the terrorist.

"Yes access (to Headley) has been given. We have fulfilled our commitment," National Security Advisor General, James Jones had said earlier. However, even he said that he had no further details on it.

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