Theresa May to Raise US Evidence Leaks in Manchester Bombing With Trump
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 17:19
In a sign of the United Kingdom authorities' anger about the repeated leaks of information in the U.S. it is understood that police have stopped sharing intelligence on the bombing with their USA law enforcement counterparts following the leaks.
The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling.
He went on to say They were a grave threat to national security and he pledged to get to the bottom of them.
"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", British interior minister Amber Rudd said when asked about the USA leaks by the BBC.
"If appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law", Trump said.
While acknowledging that Germany and Europe should strive to maintain good relations with the USA and Britain, Merkel also said, "We need to know we must fight for our own future as Europeans for our destiny".
The British government has expressed its anger at the release in U.S. media of details from the investigation into Monday's concert attack, including photographs of parts of the bomb which left 22 people dead, including children.
"It is very clear this is a network we are investigating", Manchester police chief Ian Hopkins said.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said alongside Trump that intelligence coordination between his government and the United States was "terrific".
Manchester police have so far made nine arrests in their investigation of the bombing, and on Thursday still had eight men in custody.
They are discussing foreign policy and security, with the Manchester bombing casting a shadow over the meeting.
The New York Times on Thursday defended its reporting, saying in an emailed statement that "the images and information presented were neither graphic nor disrespectful of victims, and consistent with the common line of reporting on weapons used in horrific crimes".
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Trump told Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte the U.S. had dispatched two nuclear submarines to waters off the Korean peninsula, raising further questions about the President's handling of sensitive information.
But in the end, officials said, the result was better than they had feared.
In Washington, though, a newly appointed special counsel is just beginning his investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Abidi's sister, Jomana Abedi, told the Wall Street Journal she believes her brother was motivated by bombing raids conducted in Syria by the US -led coalition fighting the Islamic State. The official also said his brother Hashim had told officials: "I know everything about my brother, what he was doing there in Manchester".
"These leaks are completely unacceptable, and must stop immediately", he said.
In his address to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation delegates in Brussels on Thursday, the president condemned the Manchester bombing, described the terrorists as "losers" and called for a moment's silence out of respect for the victims. The acting US ambassador to Britain, Lewis Lukens, called the leaks "reprehensible" and "deeply distressing" in an interview on BBC radio.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office says they also addressed trade cooperation and efforts to boost job creation on both sides of the U.S.