many stories reporting this, but one thing is missing: THE CIA. no mention of the CIA. Headley is simply a LeT operative, capice? the trail goes cold after that. mm hmm.
somehow i don’t believe he’s in any danger of the death penalty.
Headley expected to plead guilty tomorrow to Judge Harry Leinenweber
Chicago, March 17 — American national David Headley charged of helping to scout out Mumbai in preparation for a rampage by terror group in Pakistan is expected to appear at Chicago court to plead guilty on March 18 said his lawyer. A month back he pleaded not guilty before the court….
David Headley, 49-year-old LeT operative, has been charged by the FBI with conspiring in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 in which 10 gunmen assaulted luxury hotels, a Jewish center, a cafe in Mumbai for several days that left 166 people dead, including six Americans, in 2008 and plotting terror attacks against a Danish newspaper.
The Chicago court entry read: ”…scheduling David Coleman Headley for a change of plea hearing on March 18, 2010, before US District Judge Harry Leinenweber.”
…Randall Samborn, the spokesperson of US Attorney, said that he would not be able to comment in this matter whether David Headley is changing his ‘not guilty’ plea or whether there has been a fresh deal made between the government and Headley.
However, he mentioned that David Headley would be present for the March 18 hearing.
A death penalty is sure for Headley if convicted of all the twelve charges laid against him.
David Headley was born in Washington to a Pakistani diplomat and a Philadelphia socialite. He did his education in a military boarding school in Pakistan. When he was at teenage his parents divorced and he returned to U.S.
There he managed his mom’s bar in Philadelphia and also briefly attended community college. He moved to New York in 1994 and bought two video rental stores. Mr. Headley was convicted of conspiring to smuggle heroin in 1998 and he was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
He began training with Lashkar-e-Taiba, terror group in Pakistan, in 2002 and 2003. In 2005 Headley began surveillance of Mumbai. In 2006 he changed his name to facilitate his travels abroad. His original name is Daood Gilani.