Despite UK's Warning, US Continues To Leak Manchester Intelligence

U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd called U.S. leaks of shared intelligence "irritating" and said that she was clear with officials that it should not happen again.

The United States' leaking problem is becoming a problem for the United Kingdom as well.

Before British police could confirm details about the Manchester terror attack and the individual responsible, American media was already talking about 22-year-old Salman Abedi and the people he had killed and wounded at the Ariana Grande concert. U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd asked U.S. officials to put a stop to the leaks in order not to compromise the investigation, but it looks like there are still holes that need plugging up.

"The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect the operational integrity, the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources," said Rudd on the BBC Radio 4 Today program Wednesday morning. "And I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again."

However, on Wednesday afternoon, Business Insider reported that more leaks appeared in American media with details regarding the terrorist. NBC journalist Richard Engel tweeted a number of developments, citing his source as a "US intel official."

This tension arises at a time when the White House has developed a reputation for loose lips and U.S. President Donald Trump himself is under fire for leaking classified intelligence to Russia, a nation with which he's already regarded as being suspiciously entwined with. If U.S. "friends" are already doubting this administration's ability to make wise choices when it comes to intelligence and are reconsidering sharing information, this certainly won't put their minds at ease — and the U.S. can't afford to be shut out.

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