7th person linked to Manchester attack detained by police
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 20:28
He said, however, that even if USA intelligence sources shared vital information with the media, it likely would not affect the strong intelligence sharing relationship between the US and Britain because it helps both countries.
Greater Manchester Police, which is leading the investigation, is said to be "furious", while Theresa May is reportedly planning to confront US President Donald Trump at today's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels about the apparent breakdown in confidentiality.
"And as I've said, it continues at a pace".
Asked whether the USA leaks had compromised the investigation, she said: "I wouldn't go that far but I can say that they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again".
Police have named British-born Salman Abedi, 22, as the perpetrator of the bombing at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by US pop singer Ariana Grande on Monday, attended by thousands of children and teenagers.
Police in Tripoli on Wednesday arrested Abedi's younger brother and his father, who said he did not expect the attack. Manchester police have arrested six men in connection with the attack, including the brother of Salman Abedi.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has disclosed that Abedi was known to British intelligence prior to the attack, but did not make clear why no action was taken.
British authorities say they believe the suspected bomber may have recently travelled to Libya, which has been the scene of fighting between rival militia groups including some affiliated with Islamic State.
A neighbor of Abedi's in South Manchester had noticed the family acting strangely in recent weeks, according to a report in the Telegraph, "They have been acting strangely".
Officers investigating the suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena have stopped sharing information with the United States after confidential information was repeatedly leaked to the press.
The UK's National Police Chiefs' Council said it valued its relationships with "trusted intelligence, law enforcement and security partners around the world", saying this allowed "privileged and sensitive information" to be shared in the fight against terrorism. "This is not us", Ramadan Abedi told the news service.
Investigators are chasing Abedi's potential links with jihadi militants in Manchester, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Security experts speaking to VICE News all say that while it is too early to come to any definite conclusions, all the indications point to some sort breakdown in the system which should have flagged 22-year-old Abedi as a threat.
"Focussing on counter terrorism is not just about the military defeat of terrorists but addressing the root causes of terrorism and the propagation of poisonous ideology particularly online", the official said. An initial deployment of 984 had been ordered, first in London and then elsewhere. Hundreds of soldiers were sent to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster. Several media outlets, citing British officials, have stated that the bomb used at the concert was much more sophisticated than those generally employed in lone-wolf attacks. According to local Manchester sources, the song was one of the last songs Grande played before the explosions sounded.
"This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely but that a further attack may be imminent", May said in a televised statement from her Downing Street Office. The US singer had been scheduled to perform two shows at London's O2 arena this week.
The Chelsea soccer team announced it would cancel Sunday's victory parade in London that was to have celebrated the team's Premier League title win this season. Campaigning was suspended following the attack until Friday.
The government said a minute's silence would be held at all official buildings at 1000 GMT on Thursday. They said they would formally name the victims after forensic post-mortems, which would take four or five days.
Abedi died in the bombing, which also claimed the lives of at least 22 victims and injured dozens more - many of whom were children.