Security experts say USA fears LeT operative's links with their intelligence may be exposed if he is handed over to India
Indian security experts say the US Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) refusal to extradite LeT operative David Coleman Headley confirms their long-held suspicion that the suspected 26/11 plotter is a former CIA agent.
The experts add that the Indian government's failure to provide the US sufficient proof of the alleged 26/11 handler's involvement in the attacks is also coming in the way of putting up strong case for Headley's extradition.
Prakash Singh, former BSF chief, said, "It is well-known that Headley was a CIA agent who later started working for the ISI and some militant outfits in Pakistan.
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The US knows that Headley's CIA links will be exposed if he is handed over to India. This will damage its anti-terror image.
We have allowed the FBI to interrogate people in India and they should allow us to do the same on their soil. But who will tell politicians, who have made it a habit to cry out to the US for help?"
M K Dhar, a former joint director of the Intelligence Bureau, said, "We have failed to give the FBI sufficient proof about Headley's involvement in 26/11.
We have merely pointed out that he visited different places in India. However, we have not indicated how his visits were criminally motivated."
A former state DGP said he agreed that the Americans were not extraditing Headley as they feared being exposed.
"The US supports terror-promoting nations to further their selfish ends and then these nations go against them. This is what happened in Afghanistan as well."
Intelligence sources said the FBI politely turned down India's request for Headley's extradition yesterday.
They said if a US court convicted Headley, he would have to first serve a sentence there.
Some experts say this was because India failed to give the FBI sufficient proof.