May raises Manchester leaks with Trump at NATO summit

Nick Mcbride
May 28, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she plans to discuss the leaks with President Donald Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

Trump said Thursday that the leaks were "deeply troubling" and pose a grave threat to national security.

Prime Minister Theresa May will raise British concerns over leaks of intelligence related to the Manchester terror attack with President Donald Trump as the BBC reported that police investigating the bombing have stopped sharing information with the US.

The NYT quoted the US President as saying, "I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and, if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law".

"She expressed the view that the intelligence sharing relationship we have with the U.S. is hugely important and valuable, but that the information that we share should be kept secure", May's spokesman said.

London reacted furiously after sensitive details about the investigation into Monday night's suicide attack which targeted young concert goers, killing 22 people, appeared in the U.S. press.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "We made an arrest in Wigan yesterday in connection with the investigation into the horrific incident at Manchester Arena".

"The focus is still the search for accomplices and the network but he could have made this bomb himself", the source said.

Britain's Foreign Office said that Tillerson would make his first official visit to the UK on Friday and meet his British counterpart Boris Johnson in "an expression of UK-US solidarity following the terrorist attack in Manchester". Troops have been deployed to free up police officers for patrols and investigations.

A source close to the family said Abedi wanted to avenge the murder in Manchester previous year of a friend of Libyan descent, with his sister Jomana Abedi also telling the Wall Street Journal he was driven by a desire for revenge.

People attend a vigil in Albert Square, Manchester, England, May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead. The victims ranged from an eight-year-old schoolgirl to parents who had come to pick up their children. Over 60 people were also hospitalised, many with life-threatening injuries.

"These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this". "It is absolutely understandable that this has caused much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss".

United States president Donald Trump was forced to calm a growing row between UK and USA intelligence services after a series of leaks from the Manchester bombing investigation that infuriated investigators and hurt grieving families. But "part of that trust is knowing that intelligence can be shared confidently", she said.

Donald Trump has ordered a review into how sensitive material relating to the Manchester terror attack that was shared across the Atlantic by British intelligence officials was leaked to the U.S. media. "This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorised disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter terrorism investigation", the statement reads.

US Congressman Adam Schiff, the most senior Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, also condemned the actions of US intelligence officials.

He said there's been friction that goes both ways across the Atlantic, noting that British authorities in 2012 blocked the extradition of a man accused of hacking into military and NASA computers.

Cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin and London have suffered militant attacks in the last two years. Queen Elizabeth II visited Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, telling 14-year-old Evie Mills and her parents: "It's awful".

Crowds gathered at well-known sites in the United Kingdom, including London's Parliament and Trafalgar Squares, and Manchester's Albert Square.

The New York Times outraged British police and government officials on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) when it published photos appearing to show debris from the attack. "So after that, he told us, "Having internet, I see the attack in Manchester and I knew that's my brother", the spokesperson told BBC2's Newsnight. He criticised media for publishing such material.

The Financial Times reported that such images are available across a restricted-access encrypted special worldwide database used by government ordnance and explosives experts in about 20 countries allied with Britain.

ABC News report that a "huge load of unused chemicals" were found at the address.

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