UK OFFICIALS OUTRAGED OVER U.S. LEAKS; Will No Longer Share Intel With U.S.

Police investigating the Manchester Arena bomb attack have stopped sharing information with the US after leaks to the media 

U.K. officials were reportedly angered on Wednesday night after The New York Times published images from the scene of the bombing carried out by Islamic State militant group (ISIS). They showed remnants of the explosive device, the backpack and a detonator used by 22-year-old British national Salman Abedi at the exit of the Manchester Arena shortly after an Ariana Grande concert ended.

The New York Times newspaper has defended its decision to publish the pictures, saying they were “neither graphic nor disrespectful of victims”.

The BBC reported that Greater Manchester Police, the regional force overseeing the investigation, is “furious” with the Americans.

President Trump has said leaks of the investigation into the Manchester Arena attack to the US media are “deeply troubling”. “I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” They were a “grave threat to our national security”, he added, and pledged to get to the bottom of it.

 

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