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With news reports speculating that David Headley will change his plea to guilty, the conspiracy theories are likely to resurface--at least in the smoky, drunken conversations around Indian press clubs.
Headley, the American citizen accused of helping to mastermind the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, was immediately tabbed as a CIA asset turned double agent when India first got wind of him from America. The speculation has gone quiet as the trail went cold, but the conviction is still there.
The US press had taken very little interest in Headley, as far as I can tell, until his trial began to loom. Maybe there's not enough smoke around the double-agent story? Even as rumor, or unsubstantiated allegations from Indian think tanks, it plays pretty well. Maybe it's just that Headley -- the son of a Pakistani father and American mother whose name was originally Daood Gilani-- is no John Walker Lindh or Jihad Jane, and thus didn't violate our tacit convictions of racial profiling.