India granted access to Headley

Headley

India has been given access to David Coleman Headley, Pakistani-American LeT operative who has confessed to his role in the Mumbai attacks, US National Security Adviser James Jones said on Saturday.

"Yes access (to Headley) has been given. This is an ongoing process and I don't have any detailed information that will be helpful except to say that it is in the hands of right professionals from both countries," Jones said at his White House office.

"We have fulfilled our commitment," he said.

However, Jones did not have detailed information about how and when a team of visiting Indian investigators was given access to Headley, who is being held in Chicago.

"We are very happy that in this world of terrorist activities that our two countries can work together to make sure that we exchange information rapidly, we exchange intelligence that we have, when we capture people that are mutual interest we try to arrange for those people to be interviewed by all interested sides in the interest of solving the problems of these networks," he said.

Asked if this access to Headley is going to be one-time affair or whether Indian investigating agencies would be given access multiple times, Jones said: "I don't know but the spirit of cooperation and respect for each other's position is alive and well and we have taken the first step, we just have to wait and see whether there is any other request beyond this one."

When asked what does this case symbolises, the US National Security Adviser said: "If I were a terrorist, it would tell me that looks like India and the United states are working very closely together and that is going to make my job a lot more difficult to be successful and that's a good thing."

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