Two more Manchester terror attack arrests taking total to eight
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 21:37
Police hunting the terror network behind the Manchester Arena bombing have stopped passing information to the U.S. on the investigation as a major transatlantic row erupted over leaks of key evidence in the U.S., according to a report.
Investigators worry that the leaks, which they believe to originate from the USA intelligence community, will complicate the probe into what they've described as a "network" surrounding suspected suicide bomber Salman Abedi.
A Whitehall source said: "We are furious".
British police and security services are also upset that the name of British bomber Salman Abedi was apparently leaked by USA officials and published while police in Britain were withholding the name for operational security.
It is not clear whether Abedi was staying at the flat in the days before the bombing or if it was being rented by someone else who he met there.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, counter-terror police carried out a controlled explosion at a property in the Moss Side area of Manchester, although no arrests were reported by police.
"When that trust is breached it undermines these relationships and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families", he said.
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"This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorised disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter-terrorism investigation".
Trump was widely criticised this month after it emerged he had discussed sensitive Syria-related intelligence, originating from an ally, with Russian officials at a White House meeting.
U.S. congressman Mike McCaul, Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the bomb was of a "level of sophistication" that might indicate its maker had foreign training.
Kurt Volker, a former USA permanent representative to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst, said the "unfortunate" leak could be damaging to long-term security.
He said: "If we gave up information that has interfered in any way with their investigation because it tipped off people in Britain - perhaps associates of this person that we identified as the bomber - then that's a real problem and they have every right to be furious". The leaks are thought to have come from United States law enforcement rather than from the White House.
Abedi had also reportedly traveled from Frankfurt to the United Kingdom in 2015.
"Historically, and almost philosophically, the US and United Kingdom intel services follow different paths", the official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak about the investigation. "The U.K. services play it totally differently".
This was highlighted in the 2006 trans-Atlantic liquid bomb plot.