US terror suspect David Headley was American spy
David Coleman Headley: a case study of the covert infiltration of terrorsit groups and the recruitment of terrorist operatives by western intelligence community.
Headley served as American spy - YouTube
Pak PM's PRO admits he is Headley's half-brother - Times of India
Investigations into the connections of jailed US-based Lashkar terrorist David Coleman Headley have reached Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani?s office. [...] The confirmation ties in with the growing assessment here that Headley was chosen by US agencies to infiltrate the jehadi network in Pakistan because of his connections there. While his father Syed Salim Gilani was a known broadcaster who worked for Voice of America, Daood/Headley attended the well known Hasan Abdal Cadet College whose alumni include, besides army officers, diplomats. [...] Headley had come into contact with US authorities after he was busted on a drug trafficking charge in 1998. Because he 'sang like a canary' to authorities, he served a minor sentence. But this was used against him to have him work as an 'agent'.
Making of a Terrorist - The Daily Beast
The Daily Beast has since learned that Headley?s connections to the Drug Enforcement Administration's murky intelligence unit - which I confirmed yesterday - might have played a role in his alleged conversion to terrorism. Additionally, sources at a foreign intelligence agency tell me that he might have been a double agent who turned on the U.S. [...] Indian intelligence believes that Headley was an undercover U.S. agent who went rogue. This theory goes that Headley was used by U.S. intelligence to infiltrate the Lashkar terrorists, but gradually turned under the influence of those very terrorists he was supposed to spy on.
Headley could straddle the US and Pakistan with ease despite a run-in with the law in the US. A recent profile in the NYT said that in 1998, Headley (then known as Daood Gilani) was convicted of conspiring to smuggle heroin into US from Pakistan, and Court records show that after his arrest, he provided so much information about his own involvement with drug trafficking and about his Pakistani suppliers that he was sentenced to less than two years in jail and later went to Pakistan to conduct undercover surveillance operations for the DEA.
DCI Before the Joint Inquiry Committee 2002 - Federation of American Scientists
As the Intelligence Community improved its understanding of the threat, and as the threat grew, we refocused and intensified our efforts to track, disrupt, and bring the terrorists to justice. By 1998, the key elements of the CIA's strategy against Bin Ladin and al-Qa'ida - inside Afghanistan and globally - placed us in a strongly offensive posture. They included: [...] Recruiting or exposing operatives;
CIA's policy-and-objectives statement for the FY 1998 budget submission to Congress - which was prepared in early 1997 - reflects this determination to go on the offensive against terrorism. The submission outlined our Counterterrorist Center's offensive operations, listing as their goals to "render the masterminds, disrupt terrorist infrastructure, infiltrate terrorist groups, and work with foreign partners." Our FY 2000 submission noted our use of a wide range of operational techniques, joint operations with foreign partners, and the recruitment of well-placed agents.