The government of the United Kingdom (UK) has criticized security allies in the United States for leaking sensitive information following Monday’s suicide bomb in Manchester.
According to the British Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, it was “irritating” that details about the Manchester bombing investigation were leaked and that they have been clear with Washington that it “should not happen again“.
Details about the Manchester suicide bomb attack did appear on U.S. news sites before British police had publicly released them to the UK media.
Media outlets, including NBC, were able to publish death tolls, the attacker’s name and the fact that it had been a suicide bombing.
Rudd said that she would be reviewing how intelligence is shared after the early release of the Manchester attacker’s identity.
“The British police have been very clear they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources, and I’ve been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again,” Rudd said earlier today.
The Home Secretary said American security services had not materially harmed the British investigation but a trans-Atlantic complaint had been made.
“I wouldn’t go that far, but I can say they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn’t happen again,” she added.
Last week, U.S. Pres. Donald Trump defended his right to share classified intelligence with leaders of other countries