In a statement released by the White House, the US President said that it was deeply troubling that these alleged leaks were coming out of government agencies. (Reuters)
Responding to a complaint by the British Prime Minister Theresa May, President of the United States of America, Donald Trump condemned the leaking of sensitive information about the investigation into the Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 people, The New York Times reported. In a statement released by the White House, the US President said that it was deeply troubling that these alleged leaks were coming out of government agencies. He further said that such leaks have been going on for a long time and his administration would investigate and get to the bottom of the matter. Trump added that such leaks posed a threat to National Security.
The NYT quoted the US President as saying, “I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and, if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”. According to the report, the British PM, Theresa May’s office stated that she would be bringing up the matter at a NATO conference in Brussels on Thursday and clarify to the US President that the security details shared between both the countries must remain secure. Theresa May’s statement came after the NYT had published images of shrapnel, backpack and battery used the by 22-year-old bomber, Salman Abedi to bomb the concert hall in Manchester on Monday.
The Trump administration has been hit with controversial leaks even though the US President had severely criticised the leaks from his government multiple times. Meanwhile, the National Police Chief’s Council of Britain termed these leaks as a breach of trust. In a statement released to the NYT, it said, “This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorised disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counterterrorism investigation”. It further added that disclosing potential evidence undermined their investigations and the confidence of the “victims, witnesses and their families”.