File photo of Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai.

Writes Sebastian Rotella in ProPublica: “US officials say Headley simply slipped through the cracks. If that is true, his story is a trail of bureaucratic dysfunction. But if his ties to the US government were more extensive than disclosed — as widely believed in India — an operative may have gone rogue with tragic results. Both scenarios reveal the kind of breakdowns that the government has spent billions to correct since the 11 September attacks."

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