Prime Minister Theresa May says she will confront President Donald Trump over the multiple leaks of British law enforcement intelligence related to the Manchester suicide bomb attack, and will reportedly cease sharing information with U.S. government agencies related to the case.
I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure,” she said.
The leaks Prime Minister May is referring to stem primarily from a New York Times piece, published yesterday, which shows close up images of forensic evidence collected at the attack site as part of the ongoing investigation. Since Monday, eight people have been arrested and remain in custody as U.K. law enforcement and intelligence services continue to track the network of support for 22-year old Salman Abedi. The U.K. remains on high alert for an imminent terror attack, deploying thousands of soldiers throughout the country to assist police in maintaining security.
Having a foreign head of state advise the U.S. president that intelligence must stop being leaked will surely be a touchy subject with Trump, who has repeatedly bemoaned the steady leaking supposedly coming from American intelligence and law enforcement agencies to the press.