Britain 'furious' over USA leaks on Manchester attack
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 20:31
A British official says police in Manchester will stop sharing information about their bombing investigation with the USA until they get a guarantee that there will be no more leaks to the news media.
"I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating", police chief Ian Hopkins said outside Manchester police headquarters.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to express her country's concerns about the matter to President Donald Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting on Thursday in Belgium, according to multiple published reports.
"I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence shared between our security agencies must remain secure" May said after an emergency meeting with senior ministers.
Hopkins said the leaks of details of the investigation to US media, which included forensic photographs of the bomb site published by the New York Times, had been hurtful to the families of the victims.
USA media outlets have been reporting details about the attack that British officials hadn't wanted to share yet, to help in their investigation.
A German security official told the AP on Thursday the report was accurate, speaking on condition of anonymity because the information hadn't been cleared for public release.
May said the national threat level from terrorism remains at critical - the highest level, meaning that another attack may be imminent.
As hundreds of British soldiers rush to protect some of the world's most visited tourist sites in London and elsewhere, police are pressing to uncover the network that is thought to have helped Abedi in the deadly attack.
In Manchester, northwest England, feelings were still raw following Abedi's attack on a concert by U.S. pop star Ariana Grande - especially so as the bomber was born in the city.
Greater Manchester Police will no longer share security information about the attack and investigation.
"When that trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families". "This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorized disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter terrorism investigation".
In Manchester's St. Ann's Square, where a sea of floral tributes grows by the hour, a crowd sang "Don't Look Back in Anger" - a song by the Manchester band Oasis.
The Latest on the investigation into the Manchester concert bombing. The National Health Service said 75 people had been hospitalized.
Early on Thursday morning, detectives carried out a controlled explosion as they searched a property in the Moss Side area of Manchester.
Peterborough will join the rest of the country in falling silent at 11am today (Thursday, May 25) in memory of the victims of the Manchester terror attack.
The BBC said Manchester Police hoped to resume normal intelligence relationships soon but is now furious.
A German security official told The Associated Press on Thursday the report was accurate. Earlier, Sky News had claimed that they have found evidence linking Salman Abedi to an Islamic State (ISIS) cell operating in Manchester. It says he previously flew from Frankfurt to Britain in 2015.
Abedi's older brother Ismail, 23, was detained in south Manchester on Tuesday.
He and another of his sons, Hashim, were taken into custody Wednesday in the Libyan city of Tripoli.