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Confessed Terrorist Tried to Help FBI Track Down Other Terrorists; Tells of Plot to Kill CEO of Drone Manufacturer

By Sebastian Rotella

CHICAGO—Confessed terrorist David Coleman Headley was so eager to cooperate after his 2009 arrest that he worked with FBI agents to try to engineer the capture of a suspected mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks and proposed setting up another kingpin for a missile strike, according to testimony in federal court Tuesday.

Headley, a Pakistani-American businessman who has pleaded guilty in the Mumbai case and a plot against Denmark, testified that during two weeks of interrogation in October 2009 he worked with FBI agents to try to lure Sajid Mir, a member of the Lashkar-i-Taiba militant group and a suspected mastermind of the Mumbai attack, out of Pakistan so he could be arrested. The attempt failed, Headley testified, and Mir remains a fugitive.

Headley also offered to travel undercover to the tribal areas of Pakistan and present Ilyas Kashmiri, an al Qaeda-connected leader indicted in the Denmark plot, with an ornate sword that Headley suggested could be outfitted with a homing device to set up a U.S. missile attack, according to his testimony.

Headley revealed Tuesday that Kashmiri wanted to assassinate the chief executive officer of the Lockheed Martin Corp, which manufactures the Predator drone, as retaliation for the missile strikes that have killed scores of militants in Pakistan.

“Kashmiri was working on a plan,” Headley testified. “He said he knew people who had already done surveillance. And he asked if weapons were available in the U.S.”

Headley, who did not further describe the details of the plot, met with Kashmiri twice in Pakistan in 2009, according to his confession. Officials with the FBI and the Justice Department declined to comment on Headley’s mention of a plot targeting Lockheed CEO Robert J. Stevens. Lockheed officials also declined comment, citing a policy of not discussing specific threats against the company.

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Justice Department Agrees Not to Seek Death Penalty Against Chicago Man in Mumbai Killings

By Allan Lengel

The Justice Department has agreed not to seek the death penalty for a Chicago man as part of his guilty plea in connection with the the Mumbai, India attacks in 2008, the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

David Coleman Headley, 49, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, pleaded guilty Thursday in Chicago and admitted scouting targets in preparation for the Mumbai attack that killed about 170 people. Six were Americans.

Headley admitted attending training camps in Pakistan operated by a terrorist organization Lashkar e Tayyiba and he traveled to India five times before the bombings to conduct surveillance. (Read Plea Agreement)

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Chicago Defendant Linked to Mumbai Attacks Expected to Plead Guilty

india map2By Allan Lengel

David Coleman Headley, charged in Chicago with playing a role in the 2008 Mumbai, India bombings that killed about 170 people, is expected to plead guilty Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The Tribune reported that he has been cooperating since his arrest in October. His attorney would not comment to the paper on whether the government has agreed not to pursue the death penalty.

Authorities have alleged that Headley traveled to India to scout targets for the attack. Another person charged in the Chicago case, Tahawwur Rana, has pleaded not guilty.

The two are also charged with plotting to attack a Danish newspaper for publishing cartoons that were viewed as being very offensive in the Muslim community.