Key Mumbai Planner David Headley Tells Jury he Was 'Pleased' With 2008 Attacks

In discussion with one of the planners of the attacks, Headley said they marveled at the initial Indian press reports that claimed that as many as 50 to 100 terrorists were attacking Mumbai. There were, in fact, ten gunman.

Headley returned to the United States days on December 8, 2008. Headley testified that when he met with Rana in Chicago they discussed the attacks.

"I said we were even with the Indians," he testified that he told Rana. "Personally I was even with the Indians."

Headley testified that he and Rana also discussed the plan to attack the Danish newspaper and that Headley said he would conduct the scouting for the attacks.

Headley said Rana told him, "Discussion on this matter had been long overdue."

During his visits to Denmark in early 2009, Headley used the cover of Rana's business to visit the newspaper's offices, where he expressed interest in buying an advertisement for the Immigrant Law Center. The plot against the Danish newspaper was referred to as the "Mickey Mouse Project" in coded communications between Headley and his contacts in Pakistan.

Traveling to Denmark in early 2009, Headley noticed the paper had a secure lobby that he said would make entry into the offices more difficult. Headley also drove to Aarhus, Denmark, and scouted the Jyllands Posten offices in the city, but said the building was like a maze and would not be ideal for an attack.

Prosecutors showed the jury one email that Headley sent Rana, where he wrote, "I checked out business opportunities here ... they seem quite promising."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Collins asked Headley what he was indicating in the message. Headley told the jury, "It was doable ... to attack the newspaper."

Although Headley had business cards from Rana's businesses, Headley testified that he did no real work for Rana or his immigration business.

The jury also saw emails titled "Copenhagen Important," where Headley warned Rana that the advertising staff from the paper might contact Rana or Rana's offices in New York or Toronto. "Please tell ALL our offices if they receive a call about me, to please confirm my job there," Headley wrote to Rana.

Asked by the prosecutors why this was important Headley said he needed this for his cover story saying of the employees in those offices, "They never heard of me."

Headley then described his travels to Pakistan in February 2009 for additional meetings with his handlers, who reviewed his newspaper casing videos. Headley described how his associate, retired Pakistani military officer Abdur Rehman Hashim Syed, a.k.a. "Pasha," introduced him to al Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri when Lashkar began to back away from undertaking the newspaper attack.

Kashmiri "was very influential in al Qaeda, he spent a lot of time in India. ... He had worked for the ISI," Headley said.

Kashmiri allegedly told Headley the newspaper attacks were a high priority.

"He said it was important the attack be carried out as soon as possible," Headley said. "He said the cartoons were very disgraceful."

Headley testified that Kashmiri wanted to drive a truck full of explosives into the newspaper offices, but Headley told him vehicle barriers would make that impossible. Kashmiri said he had associates and operatives in England that could carry out the attack, Headley said.

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