May to confront Trump as UK police stop sharing attack information with U.S.

May to confront Trump as UK police stop sharing attack information with U.S.

Police investigating the Manchester Arena bomb attack have stopped sharing information with the US after leaks to the media.

The force – which is leading the investigation on the ground – gives its information to national counter-terrorism, which then shares it across government and – because of the five eyes intelligence sharing agreement – with the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

UK officials were outraged when photos appearing to show debris from the attack appeared in the New York Times.

British police are angry that as their officers are in pursuit of a suspected terror network, with raids deemed so risky they are being carried out by elite armed officers, sensitive information is being regularly leaked by the US.

It came after the name of bomber Salman Abedi was leaked to US media just hours after the attack, which killed 22 – including children – and injured 64.

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May is to raise concerns with Donald Trump at a NATO meeting later.

“I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure,” she said in a televised statement.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd had said she was “irritated” by the disclosure of Abedi’s identity against the UK’s wishes and had warned Washington “it should not happen again”.


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