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Weak Indo-US intel ties highlighted

As the US on Monday said the information offered by David Headley's wives was too vague to be shared with India, Indian security officials called it a sign of continuing awkwardness in intelligence sharing between the two countries.

world Updated: Oct 20, 2010 00:08 IST

As the US on Monday said the information offered by David Headley's wives was too vague to be shared with India, Indian security officials called it a sign of continuing awkwardness in intelligence sharing between the two countries.

“If we did have specific information on this, we would have absolutely provided it to the Indian Government beforehand,” said the US state department spokesman P.J. Crowley on Monday.

Two wives of David Headley, a key conspirator of 26/11 separately told US authorities of their husband's terror links in Pakistan. India was not informed in either case, not when it happened — in 2005 and 2007-8 —and not later, after 26/11 when the US got involved in the investigation as six Americans were among those killed.

“They never told us about the tips they got from the wives,” said an Indian official who refused to be named. He added, “But we do understand why they didn't. “We are not their natural partners,” he said. The relationship is not like ones shared by the US with its NATO partners.