US intel didn't connect American to Mumbai attacks

November 8, 2010 23:32

WASHINGTON — The US intelligence community did not know that an American whom it had used as an informant was plotting the terrorist attack on Mumbai, according to an Obama administration review of the case released in a statement on Monday.

While some facts about terror informant David Headley were available to US officials before the Mumbai attacks, the US did not make a connection between Headley and plots against India until after the attacks because of government policy and procedures that were in force at the time, the office of the Director of National Intelligence said in the statement.The intelligence office did not detail in the statement how those earlier standards may have limited agencies' awareness of Headley, or what those standards were.

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