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He’s got it covered

Frequent-flier David Headley’s espionage track record could put intelligence agencies to shame.

india Updated: Oct 24, 2010 21:47 IST
Hindustan Times

David Headley is truly a man of many parts. Not only he has the uncanny ability to befriend those the world loves to hate, we also gather that he is a promising photographer and a passionate traveller, though his interests include only certain strategic installations in this country. To top it all, he has mastered the art of compulsive bragging.

From the time he was arrested in Chicago, Headley has been singing like a canary. He told the investigators of the National Investigation Agency that while during his multiple India visits prior to 26/11, he filmed almost all sensitive locations in Maharashtra: the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and its staff colony, Taj President, World Trade Centre,
naval air station, Siddhivinayak temple, Chabad House, Maharashtra police station, Maharashtra assembly, Bombay Stock Exchange, Air India office and Shiv Sena Bhawan. You name it and our man had it all covered. The information was then passed on to his handlers, the megapixel tourist-turned-terror informant has told his present handlers.

That’s not all. The lucky devil also escaped several potential arrests even though his two wives had reportedly informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he was working with the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and planning attacks in India. While we are really upset that such lavish helpings of luck never shine on people like us, the question remains: what made Headley so lucky? It truly can’t just be lady luck.

First Published: Oct 24, 2010 21:46 IST