UK Police Make More Arrests in Deadly Manchester Arena Bombing
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 17:01
Investigators were upset about photos published in The New York Times that showed crime-scene evidence and about the release of bombing suspect Salman Abedi's name at a time British officials were still withholding it.
The rare dispute with Washington's closest intelligence partner flared Thursday when police authorities in Manchester briefly interrupted sharing information with their American counterparts. A spokeswoman for PM May declined to comment on the reports.
British police announced on Friday morning they had made a tenth arrest in connection to the Manchester bombing that claimed lives of 22 people, Sputnik reported.
Tillerson said he expected the close security relationship between the United States and Britain to withstand the leaks.
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.
Two years ago, for instance, the Five Eyes agreed to share with France some of their most sensitive intelligence on ISIS in Syria because of the November 2015 Paris terror attacks, a United States official told CNN on condition of anonymity at the time.
But it is not known what U.S. official is responsible for leaking photos of the bomb remnants to the New York Times, a revelation that outraged British authorities.
Mr Trump said: "The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security".
British Prime Minister Theresa May, who earlier said she meant to make clear "that intelligence that is shared between law enforcement agencies must remain secure", did just that during an encounter with U.S. President Donald Trump at Thursday's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, according to a spokesman.
Britain's terror threat assessment was hiked to "critical", the highest level, meaning an attack is considered imminent.
Police have given no information about how the detained men may be connected to the bombing.
He pledged to ask the US Department of Justice to launch a review, and "if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted".
Greater Manchester Police were said to be "furious" and said they would stop sharing information with the US.
The suspension was imposed after USA officials disclosed to American journalists the identity of the Manchester bomber, Salman Abedi, and other details that had been passed to the U.S. by Greater Manchester olice and by Rowley's London-based counter-terrorism team.
Appearing alongside British foreign secretary Boris Johnson in London, Tillerson said that "all across America, hearts are broken" at news of the attack on people attending a concert by United States pop singer Ariana Grande.
Abedi's older brother was arrested by British authorities in Manchester soon after.
But analysts said that the Conservative prime minister - who previously served as interior minister for six years - could benefit at the polls from the shift in focus ahead of the general election on June 8.
Cops said they discovered a "working bomb factory", with a stash of chemicals and components that could be used to make another device.
Police believe Abedi, who was born in Manchester and was from a family of Libyan origin, acted as part of a network.
Shortly after, Queen Elizabeth arrived at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital to visit some of the 64 people who were injured.
A minute's silence was observed in honour of the victims at a square in central Manchester, after which crowds broke into an emotional chorus of "Don't Look Back in Anger", an old hit song by the band Oasis who are from the city.
"Our coverage of Monday's horrific attack has been both comprehensive and responsible", the newspaper said.
The "Five Eyes" alliance is the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.