More Arrests in Connection with Deadly Manchester Arena Bombing
- Author: Carolyn Briggs May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 9:30
British Prime Minister Theresa May, arriving at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, said the countries' partnership on defence and security was built on trust, but "part of that trust is knowing that intelligence can be shared confidently".
British authorities investigating the deadly Manchester suicide bombing are reportedly no longer sharing intelligence with United States officials following multiple leaks of information to the media.
The Five Eyes alliance consists of Britain, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
"Intelligence that is shared between law enforcement agencies must remain secure", she said.
Trump strongly condemned on Thursday the "troubling" leaks and promised that an investigation will be launched.
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.
The name of the man arrested in the early hours Friday and those of the seven others in custody were not released.
The U.K.'s home secretary, Amber Rudd, told the BBC Radio on Wednesday that she found the leaks "irritating" because it could hurt the integrity of the investigation and ultimately "the element of surprise" to catch other suspected terrorists.
British officials were infuriated by the leaks but believe USA law enforcement was responsible for them, not the White House.
"This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorized disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter-terrorism investigation", a National Counter Terrorism Policing spokesman said in a statement.
British police chiefs said the ongoing leaks are "undermining" their investigations and the UK's relations with USA security agencies as well as the confidence of terror victims.
"When that trust is breached it undermines those relationships and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses, and their families".
Officials were particularly angry over photos published by The New York Times showing remnants of a blue backpack which may have held the explosive, a 12-volt battery that apparently powered the device and a possible switch in the left hand of the alleged bomber that could have ignited it.