Britain's May to Confront Trump Over Manchester Leaks
- Author: Leroy Wright May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 22:33
May left for Brussels amid bitter complaints from British police and other security forces about leaks of sensitive material related to the investigation by US officials.
According to the Guardian, Prime Minister Theresa May will confront US President Donald Trump over the stream of leaks of crucial intelligence when the pair meet Thursday at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit meeting in Brussels.
Earlier, interior minister Amber Rudd said the bomber had recently returned from Libya.
They said one thread of the inquiry involved pursuing whether Abedi was part of a larger terror cell that included Mohamed Abrini, otherwise known as "the man in the hat", with connections to the Brussels and Paris attacks.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will raise the issue with Donald Trump today, a government source told Reuters, after the New York Times published detailed pictures of the crime scene in Manchester where 22 people were killed.
"We don't believe in killing innocents".
"There is damage to major organs, major injuries in terms of limbs and some of these individuals are going to need very long-term care and support", Jon Rouse, chief officer for health and social care services in the Greater Manchester area, told the British broadcaster Sky News.
The Manchester bombing has raised concern across Europe.
"I remember the dilemmas when I was commissioner, running through the different priority targets and understanding that you can only cover so many of them", he said. Abedi apparently traveled regularly back and forth from Libya to the U.K.at a time when that country was becoming engulfed in violence and factionalism.
With Abedi suspected of having had accomplices, the government late on Tuesday raised the official terror threat level to "critical", meaning that an attack was expected imminently. But educational researchers say the cost could between £180m and £400m, depending on how many parents take up the offer, which replaces universal free school lunches for infant pupils.
The BBC reported that Greater Manchester Police, the regional force overseeing the investigation, is "furious" with the Americans.
Among the dead is 8-year-old Saffie Roussos and 18-year-old Georgina Collander, who took a picture with Grande two years ago.
"Yes, quite frankly. I mean the British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources and I have been very clear with our friends that should not happen again".
Operations are also under way across Manchester as authorities try to piece together Abedi's backstory and the events leading up to the attack.
An armed soldier and an armed police officer patrol outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, on May 24, 2017.