Manchester Attack: U.K. criticizes U.S. Intelligence Leaks

2020-02-25 04:35:36    阅读:852120

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from their British counterparts for disclosing the identity of the Manchester suicide bomber before he was officially named by the U.K. police. Various news mediaincluding U.K. outletsnamed 22-year-old Salman Abedi as the suicide bomber who attacked the Manchester Arena citing U.S. officials as their source. But the British government and the Greater Manchester police both refused to co

nfirm his identity until about two hours after his name was first published, the Guardian reports. More: What to Know About Salman Abedi, Suspected Manchester Suicide Attacker The latest leaks come amid intense scrutiny of U.S. intelligence sharing following President Donald Trumps apparent disclosure of classified informationlater revealed to have come from Israelto visiting Russian officials. Interviewed on BBC Radio 4s current affairs show the Today Program on Wednesday morning, U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd called the leaks irritating.  Related Stories     

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 World      Ariana Grande's Fans Stand Defiant at Benefit Concert         The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, she said, adding that she had made it clear to the U.S. that such leaks must not happen again. More: President Trump Defends Sharing Facts With Russian Officials

Speaking to the Guardian, Thomas Sanderson, director of the transnational threats project at Washingtons Center for Strategic and International Studies explained why leaks like this could derail anti-terrorism operations. This is a leaky administration, he said. What does that mean for sharing information we need to going forward? The U.K. and Israel are probably our two biggest sources of intelligence. Now theyre thinking, Is this going to cause us damage every time we share? Then

you have to calculate every piece of information. [Guardian] Write to Joseph Hincks at joseph.hincks@time.com.

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