Manchester attack: UK halts sharing bombing intel with US
Britain has suspended intelligence sharing on the Manchester bombing with the US after American officials leaked information to the media, an issue that British Prime Minister Theresa May will raise with US President Donald Trump later Thursday.
US officials released the suspected bomber’s name and other details of the investigation into the deadly attack at the Manchester Arena Monday night, irking British investigators scrambling to keep details of the probe confidential.
May said Thursday she would raise leaks with Trump when the pair meet at a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium.
Arriving at the summit she told reporters the “special relationship” with the US on intelligence sharing is based on trust.
“I will be making clear to President Trump today that intelligence that is shared between law enforcement agencies must remain secure.”
Trump in turn vowed to investigate, according to a White House statement to reporters, saying “leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security.”
“The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling. These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this,” he said.
“I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There is no relationship we cherish more than the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.”
Addressing leaders ahead of the NATO summit, Trump paid tribute to the victims of the attack, saying it was “a barbaric and vicious attack upon our civilization.”
He dismissed terrorists as “losers” and said they must be driven out of societies around the world.