United Kingdom 'irritated' by Manchester attack details leaked to US
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 23:03
The row - which goes to the heart of the close intelligence-sharing relationship between the two allies - provides an awkward backdrop to Prime Minister Theresa May's meeting with US President Donald Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday.
But the National Counter Terrorism Policing body said the investigation was being "undermined". "Making a bomb of this sort requires a certain level of expertise and competence", the source said.
"These images leaked from inside the U.S. system will be distressing for victims, their families and the wider public".
He added: "However, at this stage it is still not possible to be certain if there was a wider group involved in the attack; 24 hours in we have a number of investigative leads that we are pursuing to manage the ongoing threat".
"We greatly value the important relationships we have with our trusted intelligence, law enforcement and security partners around the world", a spokesman said.
She said she believes he wanted "revenge" for the death of Muslim children in the Middle East.
Several children are believed to be among those killed.
The unnamed officer is from Cheshire Police and her husband is critically ill.
Around the country, many people fell silent and bowed their heads at 11 a.m. for a minute in tribute to the bombing victims. Crowds gathered at well-known sites including London's Parliament and Trafalgar Squares and Manchester's Albert Square.
"On the other hand, showing, for example, injured people or bloody bodies in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, there I think news organizations and individuals on social media who spread these images, they do play into the hands of the people who committed these acts, because this is precisely what they want".
The Manchester attacker traveled to Germany at least twice, local media reported.
Rudd revealed the frustration going on inside the probe to find the suspected network behind bomber Salman Abedi.
A German security official told The Associated Press on Thursday the report was accurate. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. But they also caution a full intelligence analysis is underway, including trying to determine Abedi's communications. Armed police also patrolled outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London, another popular tourist spot.
The United Kingdom's terror threat level was raised from "severe" to "critical", meaning another attack is possibly imminent.
The government will hold its third emergency Cobra meeting since the blast at 9.30am. May said eight suspects are in custody and "progress is being made". Police say he was part of a network and they are racing to track down his links.
British authorities did not say that the investigation had in fact been compromised by the leaks.
Alison Howe, 45, from Royton, Greater Manchester, was reported missing by relatives along with her friend, Lisa Lees, and are thought to be among the dead.
"(This is) a reminder that there is great danger and terrorism and people who would do great harm to others just because they're different", said Obama. British officials are particularly angry that photos detailing evidence about the bomb used in the attack were published in the New York Times.
The official added that the intelligence sharing agreement between Britain and the United States is built on trust and that leaks jeopardize active investigations.
Hours before the photos of the bomb fragments appeared in the U.S. media, Ms Rudd had scolded the USA security services saying that she was "irritated" by the releasing of the name of the bomber before it was made public in the UK.
The Abedi family has close ties to the family of al-Qaida veteran Abu Anas al-Libi, who was snatched by US special forces off a Tripoli street in 2013 for alleged involvement in the 1998 bombings of two USA embassies in Africa, and died in US custody in 2015.
The father of the bomber who killed 22 concert-goers in an attack in Manchester told Reuters in the Libyan capital on Wednesday that he had last spoken to his son some five days ago, by phone, and "everything was normal".
Three more men were arrested in connection to the crime in Manchester on Wednesday, a day after a 23-year-old man became the first to be arrested.
Armed police carried out a controlled explosion at a property in Elsmore Road, Manchester, where Abedi was registered as living.
In a statement given to ABC, her management team explained: "Due to the tragic events in Manchester the Dangerous Woman tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost". The suspected bomber was preparing to travel to Saudi Arabia to spend the Islamic month of Ramadan with his family, his father said.
Abedi died in Monday's blast the Grande concert.
One such outcome is that Grande has opted to cancel her Dangerous Woman tour through June 5.