Manchester: UK resumes intelligence-sharing after USA leak
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 20:37
British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to bring up the leaks to U.S. President Donald Trump, when she meets him in Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Wednesday, the Telegraph reported.
The leak prompted Home Secretary Amber Rudd to launch into a "highly unusual public criticism" of Britain's foremost ally, says the Daily Mail, calling the leak "irritating" and saying she had spoken to United States officials to warn against further indiscretions.
According to police, Abedi, who they believe acted alone, killed 22 and injured at least 59 when he detonated an improvised bomb in the foyer of Manchester Arena, in central Manchester, where the pop star Ariana Grande was performing.
While police are confident they've spoken with the families of everyone who died, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said it will likely be four to five days before the list of their names is released.
German magazine Focus, citing unnamed federal security sources, had earlier reported that British-born Abedi twice flew from a German airport in recent years and that he wasn't on any global watch list.
"I'm afraid this reminds me exactly of what happened after 7/7 when the U.S. published a complete picture of the way the bombs had been made up", Blair said.
While the size and type of explosive is not evident, the Times reported it was an "improvised device made with forethought and care".
Home Secretary Amber Rudd had said she was "irritated" by the disclosure of Abedi's identity against the UK's wishes and had warned Washington "it should not happen again".
The decision to stop sharing police information with U.S. agencies was an extraordinary step as Britain sees the United States as its closest ally on security and intelligence.
"That incident stirred up a sense of anger among young Libyans in Manchester and especially Salman, who clearly expressed his desire for revenge", he said. A New York Times spokeswoman said in a statement that its coverage of the bombing was "both comprehensive and responsible" and that the paper had strict guidelines on how to cover sensitive stories.
U.S. channel ABC News reported that police had found a kind of bomb-making workshop in Abedi's home and he had apparently stockpiled enough chemicals to make additional bombs.
He had recently passed through Germany and Turkey, authorities said Thursday.
The news has yet to be confirmed by Grande or her team, but the report comes after the brunette beauty said she was left "broken" by the tragic events. Rudd said Britain's operational security could be harmed by the leaks, taking "the element of surprise" away from security services and police.
Focus also reported that German authorities are trying to determine whether Abedi had contact with Islamic extremists in Germany.
Manchester police arrested a man early Wednesday at a house just a 10-minute walk from Abedi's home.
"As it stands, six men and one woman have been arrested in conjunction with the investigation and remain in custody for questioning".
Eight arrests have now been made in connection to the plot, but police have admitted that with each arrest and new location discovered, the web of involvement widens.