Manchester terror attack: Intelligence leak 'deeply troubling', says US President Donald Trump

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British police, who said the leaks amount to a breach of trust, had on Thursday suspended sharing information about the incident with the US.

President Trump pledged that the source of the leaks will be identified. The statement further said, "I am asking the Department of Justice and other agencies to conduct an inquiry into this matter, and if appropriate, the person involved in the leak must be punished".

Eight people remained in custody in connection with Monday's attack, in which Abedi targeted music fans at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, killing 22 and injuring dozens.

British police said leaked details of the Manchester attack, including forensic photos provided to The New York Times, have hurt their investigation and that police investigating the attack have stopped sharing information with the United States, the BBC reported.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the National Counter Terrorism Policing underscored the importance of the trust between USA and British law enforcement officials and said "when that trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families".

President Donald Trump lashed out at diplomatically damaging leaks from the USA about the Manchester bombing probe, after British authorities, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized American officials for loose talks about the ongoing investigation.

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The New York Times defended its decision to publish detailed images of the Manchester Arena crime scene following Monday's terror attack. The report said that British police informed their German counterparts that Abedi had received paramilitary training in Syria beforehand. Attacker's family linksUniversity dropout Abedi, 22, grew up in a Libyan family that reportedly fled to Manchester to escape the now-fallen regime of Libyan dictator Moamer Gadhafi.

The U.S. and British leaders talked again later, sitting next to each other at a working dinner. "This is not their style". "Making a bomb of this sort requires some degree of expertise and competence", a source with knowledge of the British investigation told the press, on condition of anonymity.

Manchester's mayor Andy Burnham criticised the USA leaks, tweeting that he had complained to the acting United States ambassador and "was assured they would stop".

"The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise", Rudd said.

"It's terrible. Very wicked, to target that sort of thing, " the 91-year-old monarch told 14-year-old Evie Mills and her parents.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, arriving at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, said the countries' partnership on defence and security was built on trust, but "part of that trust is knowing that intelligence can be shared confidently". A British official confirms that May discussed the matter with Mr. Trump after they posed with other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders at a summit in Brussels on Thursday. The acting US ambassador to Britain, Lewis Lukens, called the leaks "reprehensible" and "deeply distressing" in an interview on BBC radio. In a televised message, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that Britain's terror threat level will remain at critical. "We are determined to identify these leaks and to stop them".

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