United Kingdom shares data with U.S. again after Manchester leaks

Elias Hubbard
Мая 30, 2017

At least 22 people were killed and dozens others wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande outside the Manchester Arena.

The leaks have opened a diplomatic row as United Kingdom officials are said to be "furious" that their investigation was compromised when photos appearing to show debris from the attack appeared in the "New York Times".

British Prime Minister Theresa May says progress is being made in the Manchester bombing investigation, even as a spat about leaks of sensitive material threatens to cast a shadow over her meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) hopes to resume normal intelligence relationships - a two-way flow of information - soon but is now "furious", the BBC reported on Thursday.

The pictures included the remains of the suspected bomb, the rucksack worn by the suicide bomber and showed blood stains amid the wreckage.

The decision to stop sharing police information with USA agencies was an extraordinary step as Britain sees the United States as its closest ally on security and intelligence.

British Interior minister Amber Rudd had described the leaks as "irritating".

"The arrest is connected to Monday's attack on the Manchester Arena, but this is a fast moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage", the statement said.

The "Five Eyes" intelligence sharing agreement, a treaty that dates back to the Second World War between the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand means the involved nations have total unrestricted access to each other's intelligence collection efforts.

"We are sure our fans will understand this decision", the team said, adding that the parade would have diverted police from the bombing investigation.

"I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure", British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday.

"Due to the tragic events in Manchester, the 'Dangerous Woman' tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost", a statement from her management at Universal Music said.

Police were racing to uncover the network around Abedi that they say "clearly" exists. She said he had been known to security forces "up to a point".

May will raise concerns over the leaks when she meets US President Trump at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting on Thursday, the BBC reported.

- Another man is arrested in the town of Nuneaton in central England, widening the British police probe from areas in and around Manchester.

The UK government was reported to be incensed with the leak to United States media.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, while Britain's official terror alert was raised to "critical", and hundreds of soldiers were deployed on Wednesday to guard key London sites, including London's Houses of Parliament.

Speaking to Newsweek on Tuesday, top British and Belgian intelligence officials lamented the apparent willingness of the Americans to share information from an ally's ongoing investigation, saying that Washington's officials were much less disciplined than their European counterparts. Rudd said Britain's operational security could be harmed by the leaks, taking "the element of surprise" away from security services and police.

Two men were arrested this morning in connection with Monday's terror attack in Manchester as investigators probed a "network" linked to the suicide bomber.

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