US secret surveillance failed to track Headley
Questioning the effectiveness of America’s secret surveillance programme, a top investigative publication said the US intelligence failed to track Mumbai attack convict David Headley and he was arrested only after a tip off was provided by the British intelligence.
US officials have repeatedly mentioned Headley’s case to defend the controversial spying programme, saying the surveillance had been critical in thwarting potential terror attacks and also to track the 2008 Mumbai attack convict.
‘The government surveillance only caught up with Headley after the US had been tipped by British intelligence. And even that victory came after seven years in which US intelligence failed to stop Headley as he roamed the globe on missions for Islamic terror networks and Pakistan’s spy agency,’ said ProPublica, the investigative publication. National Intelligence Director James Clapper and Keith Alexander, chief of US Cyber Commander and director of National Security Agency, have claimed that Headley was nabbed through this surveillance process.