Theresa May To Confront Donald Trump Over Manchester Bombing Evidence Leaks

Police have stopped sharing information with the US after leaks to the media

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Theresa May will challenge Donald Trump over leaks of crucial intelligence about the Manchester Arena terrorist attack when she attends a Nato summit with the US president in Brussels today (25 May).

UK officials were outraged when images purporting to show the remains of the bomb, the detonator, and what appears to be part of a rucksack were published in the New York Times, (via the BBC).

The forensic evidence had been gathered by British police at the scene of the suicide bombing, which killed 22 - including children, and injured 59.

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It comes after the name of the suicide bomber Salman Abedi was leaked to US media just 24 hours after the atrocity.

The Prime Minister will raise concerns with Trump that the intelligence leaks from America may have damaged the investigation, although the government doesn't believe he is directly responsible for the leaks (via The Guardian).

Police chiefs have also been criticised for leaking information, with a national counter-terrorism policing spokesperson saying: "We greatly value the important relationships we have with our trusted intelligence, law enforcement and security partners around the world.

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"When that trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families. This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorised disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter-terrorism investigation."