Bangaluru, Dec 22: Lashkar-e-Taiba's (LeT) technology chief and his fellow conspirators plotted the deadly terror attacks that killed 166 people in Mumbai in November 2008 and sleuths in India, Great Britain and also American officials could track the sinister design but yet could not put together the pieces of the puzzle they gathered through hi-tech means to thwart the attack, considered to be the worst in the history of India and killed foreign nationals as well.
A report published in The New York Times said this on Sunday.
Zarrar Shah, a 30-year-old computer expert Zarrar Shah designed the Mumbai mayhem along with his assistants and used Google Earth to help the militants track their targets in the city, the NYT report said. He also reportedly looked for a Jewish hostel and two luxury hotels.
Zarrar Shah set up an Internet phone system to hide his location by routing calls through New Jersey, the report added. But the man soon discovered that the British were keeping a track on his online activities, according to former Indian and US officials and documents disclosed by Edward J Snowden, who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency.
The LeT man's activities were also tracked by an Indian intelligence agency, the NYT report said. The USA was not aware about of the Indian and British agencies' activities but learned about it through other sources and warned the Indian security officials several months before the attack.
But it could not be avoided.
Shivshankar Menon, who was India's foreign secretary then, said no one could put together the whole picture. Menon, who became India's National Security Advisor later, said the intelligence sources shared their inputs only after the disaster struck Mumbai on November 26.