Thursday, May 25, 2017

US Leaking Manchester Police Secrets

The [tRump] threatened to identify and prosecute those who handed unauthorised information [from the Manchester bombing investigation] to the New York Times after the UK government reacted with fury to the leaks.

Well, who's to say it wasn't a British individual who passed it to the Times?
“The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling,” Trump said. “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.”
And the most sensitive leaks posing that threat have been made by the tRump himself.
He said: “The recent attack on Manchester and the UK demonstrates the depths of the evil we face with terrorism. Innocent little girls and so many others were horribly murdered and badly injured when attending a concert. Beautiful lives with so much great potential torn from their families for ever and ever. It was a barbaric, a vicious attack upon our civilisation.”
Positively inspiring. It's the adjectives that make his speeches oustanding.
“On intelligence sharing, we have strong relations with the US, our closest partner, and that is of course built on trust,” [British PM Theresa May] said. “Part of that is knowing intelligence can be shared confidently and I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence shared with law enforcement agencies must be secure.”
He's not going to take kindly to a woman lecturing him.
British police have stopped sharing evidence from the investigation into the terror network behind the Manchester bombing with the United States after a series of leaks left investigators and the government furious.

The ban is limited to the Manchester investigation only. British police believe the leaks are unprecedented in their scope, frequency and potential damage.

  The Guardian
Well, that's embarrassing news when you're going to a NATO meeting.
Ian Blair, who was Metropolitan police commissioner during the London underground bombings on 7 July 2005, said his investigation had also been troubled by leaks from US intelligence.


“I’m afraid this reminds me exactly of what happened after 7/7, when the US published a complete picture of the way the bombs had been made up. We had the same protests.

“It’s a different world in how the US operates in the sense of how they publish things. And this is a very grievous breach but I’m afraid it’s the same as before.”


Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham, said the leaks were arrogant and disrespectful, and police chiefs also criticised the actions.
Arrogant and disrespectful: us to a T. And it starts at the top.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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