Headley's wives did not provide specific information: US

Headley's wives did not provide specific information: US

"In the contacts that we had with his spouses, there was not specific information as to who he was associated with or what they were planning to do," the State Department spokesman P J Crowley told reporters at his daily news conference.

Crowley said his response was based in the context of two meetings that the State Department officials had with one of Headley's spouses in late 2007 and early 2008.
"She did provide us some information. We followed up on that information and provided it to relevant agencies across the US government," he said.

Responding to reporters' questions, Crowley insisted that the US authorities followed up with the information provided by Headley's wives. "Did we follow up? The answer is yes. Have -- did we share information with our security partners, including India, you know, prior to the Mumbai attacks? The answer is yes," he insisted.

"We have cooperated with India, you know, since then. You know, I think (US) Ambassador (to India, Tim) Roemer, put out an extensive statement in Delhi over the weekend that highlighted both our cooperation with India, prior to and after," he said.

"Needless to say, I will just say that going back over some of the information they provided to us, there was concern expressed by both spouses; at the same time, the information was not specific. I think everyone should understand that, if we did have specific information on this, we would have absolutely provided it to the Indian government, you know, beforehand.

"The fact is that while we had information and concerns, it did not detail a time or a place of the attack," Crowley said. The State Department spokesman said the co-operation with India post-Mumbai has increased tremendously.

"We have an extensive dialogue with India. As we build a strategic partnership with India and security is one of those areas, our cooperation with India has expanded," he said. "We continue to cooperate extensively with Indian officials. We were doing so prior to the Mumbai attacks. We have done so since the Mumbai attacks. Security is an area of significant dialogue between our law-enforcement and intelligence agencies and those of the Indian government,” he said.

"We will continue to cooperate with India on the security front, even as we expand our dialogue and our cooperation with India on many, many fronts. And obviously, this will be part of the president's, you know, visit to India next month," Crowley said.