British authorities are upset with the US for “leaking” confidential information to the American media about the Manchester Arena terror attack.
Among the information believed by British authorities to have been leaked through U.S. intelligence sources are the initial death tolls, the fact that the attack appeared to be a suicide bombing, and the name of the attacker, among others. The said details appeared first in the American media, most notably on networks CBS and NBC.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that she finds “irritating the conduct of the US and that she has bluntly told her US counterparts that such leaks “should not happen again.”
Rudd elaborated that the British police have been very clear that they needed to control the flow of information to ensure operational integrity, as well as the “element of surprise.”
Rudd said that while she would not go as far as concluding that the U.S. conduct had compromised the investigation into the Manchester terror attack, she said that their close ally U.S. knew perfectly clear the situation from the start. She stressed that such thing as leaks of sensitive information at a crucial time should not happen again.
Intelligence is shared among Britain, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand under the UKUSA agreement, also known as “Five Eyes” program.
Interestingly, the latest leaks come after Theresa May expressed confidence in the US-UK intelligence sharing program, following the controversy of President Donald Trump supposedly leaking intelligence information to Russian officials. May said then that the UK will continue to work with the U.S. and will continue to share intelligence with the U.S.
President Trump himself has also criticized several times in the recent months leaking from the U.S. intelligence establishment. The U.S. has not officially responded to claims of being the source leaking of sensitive information regarding the Manchester terror attack and has not confirmed if indeed they are the source of said leaks.
The horrific incident has claimed 22 lives and injured 59 others, among the victims of both deaths and injuries, were children, especially since the concert performer on that unfortunate night, American pop superstar Ariana Grande, has a strong fan base among young people including children and teens.