Manchester attack suspect's father was once part of militant group: Security source

Cheryl Sanders
May 28, 2017

The intelligence dust-up threatened to dampen Trump's formal introduction to leaders here at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the first heads-of-state gathering that Trump has attended since taking office.

As he prepared for his first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump said this in reference to the confidential information on the terror attack in Manchester that was published by U.S. media before British police were ready to make it public. "The investigation is still ongoing, and it is still being heard by the relevant services, I can not give more details", he concluded.And the prime minister very tactfully signaled her displeasure. "These leaks can not be tolerated and we will make every effort to put an end to it".

The New York Times defended its publication of crime-scene photographs, saying its coverage had been "both comprehensive and responsible".

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said alongside Trump that intelligence coordination between his government and the United States was "terrific".

President Donald Trump on Thursday morning met with leaders of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and spoke out about the on-going problem of illegal intelligence leaks.

The British decision to halt sharing information with counterparts in the United States comes after a series of revelations about the case that first surfaced in US media including USA TODAY, such as the name of the suicide bomber, Salman Abedi.

May told reporters the Special Relationship was the "deepest defense and security partnership that we have" and it was "built on trust".

Asked whether the leaks from United States officials had compromised the ongoing investigation, Rudd said she "wouldn't go that far". "We have already initiated appropriate steps to address these rampant leaks that undermine our national security".

Trump was "absolutely right" to call for an investigation into leaks, Machon says, due to the deluge that was beginning to "erode his authority as a new president".

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said earlier the decision to stop sharing information was taken because they couldn't "afford to risk it anymore".

May said she planned to raise the issue to Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, hoping to "make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure".

Eight suspects were now in detention on United Kingdom soil in connection with the blast, for which the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility, while police in Libya have detained the father and brother of Salman Abedi.

In a meeting with Russian officials on May 10, Trump revealed highly classified details about a plane bombing plot. Mohammed Fadl, a community leader, said the Abedi family is well known, but Salman did not attend many gatherings.

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, said he complained to acting USA ambassador Lewis Lukens that the leaks were undermining the investigation.

Charlotte Campbell, mother of Manchester Arena attack victim Olivia Campbell pays her respect in St Ann's Square for the victims in central Manchester on Thursday.

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