Chicago, May 25 (IANS) A key plotter of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack told a Chicago court Tuesday that he frequently exchanged emails with Pakistani spy agency ISI and Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
On the second day of his testimony in the trial of his one time friend Pakistan born Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, Pakistani American David Coleman Headley detailed how he was recruited by a member of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) to take part in the Mumbai plot.
Headley, who has pleaded guilty to escape the death penalty, said he met with both his handlers from LeT and ISI in Pakistan in October 2008 - one month before the Mumbai rampage.
Headley, son of a Pakistani father and an American mother, who changed his given name of Daood Gilani in 2006 to scout targets for the attack without arousing suspicion, also gave a rare insight into the inner workings of LeT.
Headley said the terror group had unsuccessfully tried to do the attack in September but crashed their boat leaving Pakistan.
Headley told the jury he was "pleased" when he learned the attacks had been carried out.
"I was pleased," Headley, 50, told Assistant US Attorney Dan Collins Tuesday when asked how he reacted to news the attack had occurred.