Leaks of Manchester bomb probe 'reprehensible,' will stop: USA envoy
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 20:01
British police said they have stopped sharing information with the us concerning the attack because the White House has not been able to keep the information from becoming public through media leaks.
"The United States government is launching an investigation into these leaks and will take appropriate action once we identify the source of the leaks", he said.
He said on Thursday the leaks are "deeply troubling" and has vowed "to get to the bottom of this". The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security.
"We greatly value the important relationships we have with our trusted intelligence, law enforcement and security partners around the world", a National Counter Terrorism Policing spokesperson said last night.
British indignation over alleged American leaks of investigative material related to the Manchester bombing will likely create a charged environment Thursday when British Prime Minister Theresa May meets later with President Donald Trump.
May said she would talk to Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit later on Thursday about the leaks, which included the publication of photographs of the bomb site by the New York Times.
UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the Intelligence leaks were "irritating" and has damaged investigation.
On Tuesday, "U.S. officials" named the suspected attacker as Salman Abedi, hours before the British authorities released that identity.
For months, Trump has been railing against leaks from inside the US government. "When that trust is breached it undermines these relationships and undermines our investigations".
In Britain, police arrested four more suspects linked to Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people at Manchester Arena at the end of a concert by United States singer Ariana Grande.
British medical sources have raised the number of injuries to 119.
A woman arrested in a raid in Blackley, Manchester, was released late Wednesday without charge, police said. Abedi's father and younger brother were arrested in Tripoli in Libya.
Police in Germany confirmed Thursday that Abedi had traveled through Dusseldorf Airport on his way to Manchester a few days before the attack.
Meanwhile, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the publication of leaked intelligence by the New York Times had " caused much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss".
Turkey's government on Wednesday furnished British authorities with a file on Abedi, a senior Turkish official said.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham described the ongoing leaks as "arrogant, wrong and disrespectful" and told Newsnight that he had complained to the U.S. ambassador and been assured they would stop.
Queen Elizabeth visited the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, where some of the casualties have been treated, and was filmed chatting with a girl lying injured on a ward.
A moment of silence was held Thursday morning at 11 a.m. local time (6 a.m. ET), as the United Kingdom continued to come to terms with its worst terror attack since the 2005 London bombings.