Friday, 26 May 2017

Manchester attack: UK resumes US intelligence sharing after leak row



British police have resumed intelligence-sharing ties with US law enforcement after they were temporarily stopped in a row over leaks about the Manchester bombing investigation.
 
UK security services were said to be furious as their American counterparts apparently released sensitive information, including pictures of the arena crime scene, to the US media.


The New York Times published pictures which appeared to show parts of the bomb as well as torn fabric from the attacker's rucksack.


The bomber's name, Salman Abedi, was also leaked to the US media despite UK police not wanting it to be released.


British officers said the leaks had caused "distress and upset" to the victims' families.


The US President said intelligence leaks related to the Manchester attack in the US were "deeply troubling" and he promised to bring anyone caught leaking intelligence details to justice.


Now, the UK's top anti-terrorism officer, Mark Rowley, confirmed police had "received fresh assurances" from their foreign counterparts and were now "working closely" with them.




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