UK Halts Sharing Bombing Intel with US Following Manchester Attack

politics
May 25, 2017

Following the Manchester bombing, Britain has suspended sharing intelligence with the US after information was leaked to the media.

US officials shared the name of the suspected bomber as well as other details of the investigation of the deadly attack in Manchester Monday night.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to discuss the issue with US President Trump during their scheduled meeting at a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium.

“I will be making clear to President Trump today that intelligence that is shared between law enforcement agencies must remain secure,” she told reporters, stressing that intelligence shared between the two countries is a “special relationship” based on trust, CNN reported.

In response, Trump vowed to investigate the leaks, sharing in a White House statement to reporters that “leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security.”

“The alleged coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling. These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this,” he added.

“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. There is no relationship we cherish more than the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.”

Trump described the Manchester attack as “a barbaric and vicious attack upon our civilization,” calling for nations to unite in eliminating terrorism.

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