Trump launches investigation into Manchester bombing 'photo' leak

Elias Hubbard
May 29, 2017

Donald Trump Thursday slammed as "deeply troubling" USA leaks on the probe into the Manchester suicide bombing, warning those responsible could face prosecution.

British police abruptly halted intelligence sharing communications with US authorities this week, after a series of leaks about the U.K.'s investigation of the suicide bombing in Manchester on Monday night.

Addressing the leaks at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, where Theresa May raised the matter with him, the president insisted that his administration would "get to the bottom of this".

Mr. Schiff has spearheaded the committee's probe of alleged Trump campaign links to Russian spies to interfere with the US presidential election, a probe that has been propelled forward by intelligence leaks.

"I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence which is shared between our law-enforcement agencies must remain secure", May said in a statement.

The UK Government has expressed its anger after US newspaper New York Times published photos showing the scene of the Manchester Arena attack that left 22 dead and several others injured.

British Interior Minister Amber Rudd had described the leaks as "irritating" early on Thursday, after details about bomber Salman Abedi, including his name, first appeared in USA media, adding that Britain's allies were perfectly clear that it "shouldn't happen again".

In a statement issued by the White House, the USA president said he had ordered the Department of Justice and other agencies to launch a full review of leaks he described as "a grave threat to our national security".

The president was in Brussels for the NATO Summit, and was seated immediately next to Prime Minister May at the NATO dinner, according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who was asked Thursday whether May and Trump discussed the leaks.

"These leaks have been going on for a long time and my Administration will get to the bottom of this", Trump said.

The committee acknowledge in mid-March that it was investigating leaks and pressing the FBI, CIA, and National Security Agency to cooperate.

"The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling", he said in a statement May 25.

"The United Kingdom is one of our best intelligence partners, and the intel-sharing relationship is critical to our security and theirs", Mr. Schiff said.

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