May 25, 2017 British law enforcement officials have stopped sharing details about the Manchester Arena terrorist attack with the U.S. government after confidential and sensitive details were leaked to the media.
Investigators in the Manchester Arena Bombing case were furious after photos detailing evidence about the bomb used in the attack were leaked to the media. Sensitive information was published by The New York Times and other news media outlets. The source of the leaks is not clear.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to discuss the issue with U. S. President Trump at the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday. May said she intends to:
“make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure.”
The decision by British authorities to stop sharing information regarding Monday’s attack at the Manchester Arena demonstrates the growing concern among U.S. allies in the war on terror. Some of America’s closest allies were shocked to learn that President Trump shared classified intelligence from an allied country with Russia at the White House last week.
President Trump defended his decision to share classified details with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about the Islamic State’s plan to carry out attacks on airplanes employing sophisticated bombs in laptop computers.
The United Kingdom National Police Chiefs’ Council called Trump’s remarks an “unauthorized disclosure” and a breach of trust which had potentially undermined a “major counter-terrorism investigation.”
National Security experts find President Trump’s inability to grasp the potential consequences of his actions troubling. A U.S. official with knowledge of the conversation between Trump and the Russian officials told the Washington Post said Trump appeared to be boasting about his inside knowledge of the threat. Trump reportedly said:
“I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day.”
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."