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Miscellaneous: 24 May 2017
‘Every right to be furious’: UK criticizes US leaks about concert bombing

Children look on as an armed soldiers walk with a police officer on in London, England Wednesday. 984 military personnel are being deployed around the country as the UK terror status is elevated to Critical in the wake of the Manchester Arena Terror Attack. - Carl Court,Getty Images

LONDON — Britain's home secretary criticized U.S. officials on Wednesday for leaking sensitive information about the inquiry into the extremist attack that killed 22 people at a Manchester concert arena.

Amber Rudd told Sky News that U.S. officials provided information to the news media that Britain preferred to keep confidential for reasons of operational security. Britain has raised its official terror threat to "critical" — meaning it is likely an attack is imminent — and is trying to uncover a suspected extremist network before it strikes again.

Rudd said the "element of surprise" in the police and security service measures could be compromised by information being released too quickly. Rudd said she had complained to U.S. officials to make sure the flow of information is staunched.

British officials hadn't, for example, released the name of the bomber until it surfaced in the U.S. media based on leaks from U.S. officials briefed by their British counterparts. Other details also surfaced first because of leaks in Washington.

It comes at a time when European security officials have expressed concern about sharing intelligence with the U.S. after President Donald Trump discussed highly classified intelligence about the Islamic State group with senior Russian officials visiting the White House.

Gregory Katz Hamilton Spectator/The Record/Twitter/Getty/AA
 

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