American David Coleman Headley spent two years casing Mumbai, meticulously laying the groundwork for the most spectacular terror attack since 9/11. But the story of how he got to that point is just as revealing — and mysterious — as his role in the attacks themselves.
Headley’s odyssey took him from Philadelphia playboy to heroin smuggler to DEA informant to Pakistani terrorist to star witness. For the past year, ProPublica’s Sebastian Rotella and FRONTLINE’s Tom Jennings have been investigating his story: How did Headley manage his conflicting set of alliances? What did the United States know about his relationships with terror group Lashkar-i-Taiba and Pakistani intelligence? Could the U.S. have done more to prevent the attacks?
We’ve asked Rotella and Jennings to join us for a live chat to discuss these questions and answer yours. Submit questions in the chat box below anytime, and join us at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
We’ll also be joined by The Hindu’s Praveen Swami, our guest questioner.
A Perfect Terrorist correspondent Sebastian Rotella is a veteran investigative reporter who worked at the Los Angeles Times for nearly 23 years before joining ProPublica. His reporting has extended from terrorism to arts to the Mexican border.
Tom Jennings is an investigative reporter and producer. He has produced a number of episodes for FRONTLINE, including the recent award-winning report Law & Disorder.
Our guest questioner Praveen Swami writes for The Hindu newspaper. He has reported on Asian security issues for almost two decades. Most recently, he was associate editor at the Daily Telegraph.
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