Robert Gehl reports that in response to the British decision to stop sharing intelligence about the Manchester terrorist attack with their American counterparts due to fear of leaks, the Trump Administration released a statement proclaiming their commitment to the cross-Atlantic relationship.
The statement, from the White House, reads:
“The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling.
“These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this. The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security.
“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.
“There is no relationship we cherish more than the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.”
POTUS statement on leaks in Manchester case..provided by WH: "The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling…" pic.twitter.com/w8IZX4unqy
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 25, 2017
The British have stopped sharing top-secret intelligence with the United States about the Manchester terrorist bombing claiming leaks to U.S. media are hurting their investigation.
Prime Minister Theresa May said she will speak to President Donald Trump about the leaks, telling him that they must stop and that they are harming the families of the victims.
The British stopped sharing the information altogether after The New York Times ran details of the investigation, including forensic photographs of the bomb site – details that Manchester’s chief constable Ian Hopkins said were hurtful to the families.
“It is absolutely understandable the distress and upset that this caused to these families that are already suffering,” he said.