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After intel leak, United Kingdom freezes out U.S. on Manchester bombing

27 May 2017

US President Donald Trump today ordered a comprehensive review of leaks related to the probe into the deadly Manchester terror attack, a day after British Home Secretary Amber Rudd slammed the revelation of sensitive classified information.

In a statement, the National Police Chiefs' Council also criticised the actions of U.S. intelligence officials.

According to a New York Times report, two U.S. officials - one current and one former - said Trump shared the intelligence supplied by Israel in the fight against Islamic State with the Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting earlier this month, which the American press was barred from attending.

British-born Salman Abedi, 22, blew himself up on Monday night at the packed Manchester Arena at the end of Grande's concert, attended by thousands of children and teenagers, killing 22 people and injuring 64.

Greater Manchester Police said earlier two men were arrested overnight in Manchester and in the Withington area in the south of the city. Specifically, under the Five Eyes Intelligence agreement, the information is shared with the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

After Trump defended his decision to discuss intelligence with the Russians during a White House meeting, Prime Minister Theresa May said last week that Britain would continue to share intelligence with the United States.

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The leak prompted Home Secretary Amber Rudd to launch into a "highly unusual public criticism" of Britain's foremost ally, says the Daily Mail, calling the leak "irritating" and saying she had spoken to USA officials to warn against further indiscretions.

A woman was arrested late Wednesday but was later released without charge.

A government source told the Guardian newspaper, "Protests have been lodged at every relevant level between the British authorities and our United States counterparts".

Manchester police are hunting down a network they think orchestrated the bombing, and the suspected perpetrator's father and brother were arrested in Tripoli.

The arrests take the total number of men in custody to eight after a series of raids across Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

Additional arrests were made both in Britain and in Libya in the bombing that killed 22 people and wounded scores more.

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Meanwhile, Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters Thursday that it was "absolutely understandable that this (leaking of information) has caused much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss".

In the tweet, Grande also said that she plans to spend time with fans in Manchester when she returns to the city and offered support to those affected by the incident.

Classified police photos from the scene of the Manchester terror attack leaked to the New York Times.

The attack also injured 116 people, of whom 75 were admitted to hospital and 23 remain in a very serious condition, health authorities said on Thursday.

The release of information in the early stages after an attack can present security issues and hamper the work of security services operating in the country of attack, European intelligence officials told Newsweek after the attack. Abedi's father and brother were also arrested by anti-terrorism authorities in Libya. Police sources say he was captured on security camera video at a store in Manchester, possibly buying the backpack used to carry the device. "The spirit of Manchester and the spirit of Britain is far mightier then the sick plots of depraved terrorists".

The elder Abedi denied that he was part of the militant group and said his son was not involved in the concert bombing and had no connection to militants.

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After intel leak, United Kingdom freezes out U.S. on Manchester bombing