Britain 'furious' over United States leaks on Manchester attack

Earlier on Thursday, British prime minister Theresa May spoke to USA president Donald Trump to say intelligence shared between their two countries had to remain secure.

Dagdoug said Hashem Abedi also revealed that he knew exactly how the bomb was made, and that he believes that Salman created the device by himself.

Trump's statement read: "The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling".

In Libya, Abedi's brother - identified as 20-year-old Hashim Ramadan Abu Qassem al-Abedi - was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of links to ISIS, said a statement from a Tripoli militia known as the Special Deterrence Force.

Images of the remnants of the backpack used in the bomb attack, evidence of shrapnel, and a possible detonator were all published by The New York Times along with a layout of where those killed by the blast were standing.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier she would tell Trump that intelligence shared between their two countries had to remain secure, in a rare public show of dissatisfaction with Britain's closest security ally.

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

Providing an update into the investigation Thursday, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins addressed the leaks saying it's distressing to the victims' families.

"The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity. the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources and I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again." she said. The British are especially angry since the images proved that appeals to stop the leaks - after the identity of the bomber was revealed by the United States media first - have not succeeded.

A senior unnamed Whitehall source told The Guardian that protests had been lodged at every relevant level with the US. "They are in no doubt about our huge strength of feeling on this issue. It is unacceptable", the source said.

Trump, now in Brussels, ordered a review of the leaks of sensitive information, describing them as a grave threat to national security. "If appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law".

Donald Trump has issued a warning shot to those leaking information in the USA following a series of high-profile revelations.

The Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, a draw for tourists, was canceled because it requires support from police officers, which authorities decided was not a good use of resources given the threat level.

Israel seemed less upset than the United Kingdom, but only because it wasn't dealing with a terror attack.

In a statement issued by the White House, as Trump joined May at a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, he said: "There is no relationship we cherish more than the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom".

But soon after Trump left, the Israelis opened up.

"And as I've said, it continues at a pace".

Trump shared highly classified intelligence from the Israeli-run spy - who was the reason for a recent ban on laptops on some flights - with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a White House meeting.

DHS and intelligence agencies contacted by AFP would not comment on whether they were the ones who leaked the information.


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