British police stop sharing Manchester attack info with the United States after leaks

Cheryl Sanders
May 26, 2017

According to Reuters, British police have stopped sharing information about the suicide bombing, which took place at an Ariana Grande concert, with US officials after police said leaks to the media "risked hindering their investigation".

Meanwhile in Britain, British police said they had arrested a seventh person following searches at an address in Nuneaton, central England.

Britain's home secretary criticised U.S. officials for leaking sensitive information about the ongoing inquiry into the bombing.

"When the trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their family", the group said.

Manchester's mayor Andy Burnham said he has contacted the US ambassador to the United Kingdom over the leaks to the media from the investigation into Monday's terrorist attack.

Here is a list of the intelligence information that got leaked to the USA media.

According to Reuters, the halt in sharing information with the USA will remain in place until Britain gets assurances no further leaks will occur.

British home secretary [interior minister] Amber Rudd had already made clear her annoyance after American media published the bomber's identity and details of the investigation before British officials felt ready to disclose them.

Forensic crime scene images showing fragments from the bomb as well as a backpack allegedly used to carry it appeared in the New York Times on Thursday, and were picked up by other media outlets.

"This is until such time as we have assurances that no further unauthorised disclosures will occur", the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

The pictures were apparently taken by police investigators and, according to British government ministry sources, leaked by United States counterparts they had been shared with. "The issue is being raised at every relevant level by the British authorities with their USA counterparts".

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