Intelligence shared between the United Kingdom and the United States “must remain secure,” British Prime Minister Theresa May will emphasize to President Donald Trump, following leaks of the Manchester attack to the New York Times.
“I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure,” May said. The two world leaders will likely see each other at the NATO meeting in Brussels on Thursday.
British police said leaked details of the Manchester attack, including forensic photos provided to The New York Times, have hurt their investigation and that police investigating the attack have stopped sharing information with the United States, the BBC reported.
Details regarding the name of the alleged bomber, Salman Abedi, were published in U.S. media before British police released that information to U.K. media. The Times published graphic photos of the bombing at the Manchester Arena, including scenes allegedly depicting parts of a shirt worn by the suicide bomber and bomb parts used in the attack. A U.S. law enforcement official later authenticated the photos and said they had been provided by British authorities to American investigators, CNBC reported.
Britain’s official threat level was raised to the highest level, or “critical” following the Manchester attack, with armed troops deployed to guard landmarks.
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Wednesday that American leaks about the Manchester bombing investigation were “irritating” and that he had “been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again.”
Trump has yet to fully respond to the news regarding British intelligence. When asked about the news during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Brussels, he mouthed the words “thank you” at a White House pool reporter.
Pool report on an apparently intense Trump/Macron handshake. pic.twitter.com/cXam2XCIIF
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) May 25, 2017
Israel, a U.S. ally, was similarly alarmed after Trump shared classified information with Russia. Moving forward, Israeli officials will now alter how the country shares intelligence with the United States.
Last month, Trump gave sensitive information to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte by talking about two U.S. nuclear submarines in Korean waters.