9 Questions With : Kaare Sorensen, Danish Journalist and Author of The Mind Of A Terrorist
Updated on: 14 Jun 2016
How did you think of David Headley as the subject for your book? What is the exclusivity you are offering readers?
I was working as a US correspondent for the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, when we got word that Headley was arrested. Headley wanted to bomb or attack our main office in Denmark, so I was assigned to cover the case in Chicago. So you could say that my way to David Headley was coincidental. I think I pretty fast realised that Headley's story was something very special. His background, his role in the hideous attack on Mumbai and the plans for an attack in Denmark were so special that I pretty fast started to think: This could actually be a book… My book contains information from more than 300 emails that Headley sent to his friends at a military academy in Pakistan. I think that these emails are the best [insight] yet as to how Headley saw himself and his role in the world.
You have profiled Headley as the tourist in the next hotel room and a dreaded terrorist who has worked the networks of al-Qaida and Lashkar. How would you describe him?