Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Manchester terror attack: Intelligence leak 'deeply troubling', says US President Donald Trump

Manchester terror attack: Intelligence leak 'deeply troubling', says US President Donald Trump

A source with knowledge of the investigation told Reuters Abedi might have made the bomb himself or with some assistance from an accomplice. British authorities identified Abedi as the bomber responsible for the explosion in Manchester that killed 22 people.

It came after the name of bomber Salman Abedi was leaked to U.S. media 24 hours after the attack, which killed 22 - including children - and injured 64.

"We are furious. This is completely unacceptable", a government ministry source said of the images "leaked from inside the USA system".

Mr. Trump on Thursday pledged to "get to the bottom" of leaks of sensitive information, calling the leaks "deeply troubling".

Donald Trump, who is in Brussels at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance, said that he would seek an official review to stop leaks that he said posed as a serious security threat.

The leaks have greatly damaged Trump and his team's credibility, especially in high profile cases such as the ongoing investigation into alledged collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. The paper, without specifying the source, said British authorities provided access to photos of materials found at the scene.

The president is expected to get an earful from May following the apparent leak at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Prime Minister Theresa May will confront President Donald Trump over USA media leaks from the Manchester bombing probe, as one of the closest intelligence-sharing partnerships is tested as never before in the fight against global terrorism.

University dropout Abedi, 22, grew up in a Libyan family that reportedly fled to Manchester to escape the now-fallen regime of Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

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A British official told The Associated Press on Thursday that police in Manchester have chose to stop sharing information about their bombing investigation with the United States until they get a guarantee that there will be no more leaks to the media. The acting US ambassador to Britain, Lewis Lukens, called the leaks "reprehensible" and "deeply distressing" in an interview on BBC radio.

The BBC today reported that Britain had stopped sharing information with United States law enforcement "because of a series of leaks thought to have come from the American intelligence community".

The statement added, "When that trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families".

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

Britain's National Police Chief's Council meanwhile warned Wednesday that leaks of any possible evidence "undermines" investigations, CNN reported.

Trump attended the meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on Thursday, part of his first foreign trip since taking office. A 23-year-old man - named in reports as Abedi's older brother, Ismail - was detained in Chorlton, south Manchester, on Tuesday. Police said Thursday that a woman arrested in Blackley had been released without charge.

British Transport Police said armed officers would start to patrol United Kingdom trains due to the increased threat of extremist attacks. He said that the arrests are "significant" and that a number of raids have revealed items "important" in what is still a "fast-moving" investigation.

With the investigation into the bombing that killed children at a pop concert continuing, Mrs May will cut short her trip to a Group of Seven meeting in Sicily, returning Friday night after the first day of the two-day summit to deal with the terror threat.

New developments, unforeseen and unwelcome to the British government, have emerged in the wake of Monday's bombing in Manchester.

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