British Police Decry Apparent US Leaks Of Manchester Attack Evidence


British Police Decry Apparent US Leaks Of Manchester Attack Evidence

Two leaks of classified information related to the Manchester terror attack strained close relations between Britain and the United States on Thursday as the number of arrests in UK's "intense" counter-terror operations rose to eight.

United Kingdom officials are said to be "furious" that their investigation was compromised when photos appearing to show debris from Monday's attack appeared in the "New York Times".

Might they have fled, once they realized that Abedi's name had entered the public domain, and that the British police and security services were therefore on the trail of the network?

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".

The porous nature of the U.S. government - its inability to protect sensitive information - may come as a shock to the worldwide community, but in the United States it's just another day at the proverbial office. He said he is asking the Justice Department and other agencies to "launch a complete review of this matter". It's less about her and her own state, and it's more about them.

It happened again. Yesterday, the Times published detailed information about the bomb that was used in Manchester.

Manchester's police chief said on Wednesday Abedi was part of a network, and media have reported that authorities suspect he received help constructing the bomb and planning the attack.

Hopkins confirmed on Thursday that eight men remain in custody and a woman who was arrested yesterday has been released. "These relationships enable us to collaborate and share privileged and sensitive information that allows us to defeat terrorism and protect the public at home and overseas".

SkyNews cited counter-terrorism sources saying they had established a "significant connection" between Hostey and Abedi.

The source said: "This is completely unacceptable".

Unless the U.S. intel community is now farming out scoops to foreign outlets, it looks like the investigation might have a few other leaks to plug, too. An irate Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is said to have stopped sharing information with the US.

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"He was giving farewell", bin Salem said.

The BBC said Manchester police hoped to resume normal intelligence relationships soon but were furious about the leaks.

Lord Carlile, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, described the leaks as "very unusual and irresponsible" and called for those responsible to be "called to account".

The authorities are investigating whether Abedi had possible contacts with extremists in Germany, including during a 2015 visit to Frankfurt, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

"I personally talked with him and tried to convince him that it was just a criminal act", he added. "We had the same protests", Ian Blair, who was Metropolitan police commissioner at the time, told the Guardian.

"I'm afraid this reminds me exactly of what happened after 7/7, when the USA published a complete picture of the way the bombs had been made up".

On Wednesday, Israel said it had altered information-sharing protocols with the USA after Trump passed on information from its informant, embedded in the Islamic State, to Russians, probably endangering the source's life.

Although it was overshadowed by the nature of the revelations, the fact that the contents of intercepted phone conversations between Trump adviser Michael Flynn and a Russian ambassador made the front page of the New York Times was an extraordinary violation of surveillance protocols.

"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", the paper said.

The U.S. newspaper's coverage of the bombing was "both comprehensive and responsible" and the paper has strict guidelines on how to cover sensitive stories, a spokeswoman for the newspaper said in a statement.

"She expressed the view that the intelligence sharing relationship we have with the hugely important and valuable, but that the information that we share should be kept secure", the source said.

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