According to the BBC, British authorities are refusing to share any further information with U.S. intelligence since it appears they have been leaking information on the Manchester terror attack. The BBC report was then later confirmed by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham who said, “we quite frankly can’t risk it anymore.”
The concern is a U.S. media source which stated the name of the man who is suspected of setting off his suicide bomb in the recent bombing. That same media source cited American intelligence sources which, regardless if true, causes grave concern for the United Kingdom.
According to the UK’s Home Secretary Amber Rudd, the leaks were “irritating” because they could threaten the investigation’s future. She also gave this fair warning regarding the United States:
“I have been very clear with our friends that should not happen again.”
Hours after she spoke that, The New York Times released photos and more regarding the terroristic event and cited British authorities. Once again, British police responded that spreading that information was not called for and only puts separation between the two:
“These relationships enable us to collaborate and share privileged and sensitive information that allows us to defeat terrorism and protect the public at home and abroad. When that trust is breached, it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses, and their families.”
The statement continued:
“This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorized disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter-terrorism investigation.”
The Mayor told BBC Newsnight that the leaking problem was brought to the US ambassador. He then told CNN that the terror investigation “has been compromised by the leaks and we can’t afford anymore, so we’ve taken a temporary decision to say let’s clear it out and draw a line.”
President Trump addressed the problem stating:
“The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security. 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.”
President Trump has been currently touring overseas meeting with various officials, but he will now add a meeting with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss this specific issue. The meeting will be added on top of their already scheduled NATO summit.
Credit: Huffington Post