United Kingdom stops sharing info with US
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 16:35
US intelligence officials said on Thursday they do not expect British Prime Minister Theresa May's concerns about USA officials' leaks on the Manchester suicide bombing to affect the closest intelligence partnership in the world. "These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this", he said. He said they pose a "grave threat" to national security. He said he is asking the Justice Department and other agencies to "launch a complete review of this matter".
"I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure", British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday.
Jomana Abedi, the sister of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi, expressed surprise at learning her brother had bombed an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 people, and in quotes to the Wall Street Journal said she believes he was motivated by a desire for revenge over U.S. airstrikes in Syria.
"This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorized disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter terrorism investigation".
"If they don't feel comfortable sharing information, that can be a significant obstacle in terms of the worldwide terror fight", said Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The United States and Britain have the closest intelligence-sharing relationship of any two countries on earth.
Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the leaks had upset victims of the attack and their families.
The name of the bomber, Salman Abedi (22), the Manchester-born son of Libyan descent, was reported by American television networks CBS and NBC on Tuesday before the United Kingdom authorities had agreed to release his identity.
They believe the accused bomber, identified as Salman Abedi, was not acting alone. Experts who have looked at the pictures of the bomb from CNN say that they don't think it is likely that Salman Abedi could have made this bomb on his own, leaving open the very real possibility that another mastermind is still on the loose here in England.
British officials said the U.S. leaks had undermined an ongoing investigation into a suspected terror network including a search for bomb makers.
Eight men are in custody in connection with Monday's atrocity, with police and security agencies working at pace amid fears of further attacks.
British authorities are now furious that the photos, shared with American counterterrorism officials, have leaked out - originally in the United States.
Following the Times publication of the leaked images, British police chiefs released a statement warning the breach of information could hamper the investigation to the terror attack and harm worldwide relationships.
Police officers stand on duty outside a residential property on Elsmore Road in Fallowfield, Manchester, thought to be the home of Salman Abedi.
Around the country, many people fell silent and bowed their heads at 11 a.m. for a minute in tribute to the bombing victims.
The family of 14-year-old Eilidh MacLeod released a statement through the police that spoke of their "devastation".
Abedi had been in Libya in the weeks before the attack, and German magazine Focus, citing unnamed federal security source, reported that he passed through Duesseldorf airport four days before the bombing.