With the United States leaking intelligence, the United States has managed to upset one of our closest allies. This raises concerns about ruining the trust of informational partners. Just days after President Donald Trump was reported to have revealed highly sensitive, likely Israeli-shared intelligence to Russian officials in the Oval Office, the United Kingdom is voicing its frustration over leaked information coming from US sources.
With the President repeatedly sharing sensitive information with another country, the UK is now very upset with the US. UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd slammed US leaks on the investigation into the attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, as “irritating” on Wednesday after a string of details emerged from US law enforcement sources before they were released by British police or officials. “The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect toperational integrity, the element of surprise,” Rudd told BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program. “So it is irritating if it gets released from other sources, and I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again.” And when asked if the leaks from US officials had compromised the ongoing investigation, Rudd said she “wouldn’t go that far.”
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday she would raise the issue of leaks to US media from the Manchester bombing investigation with Trump when the pair meets later at a NATO summit in Brussels.
“I will make it clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure,” she said following a cabinet-level security meeting.
Shashank Joshi, a senior research fellow at the London-based Royal United Services Institute think tank, told CNN the leaks of information from the US side seemed to be more frustrating than catastrophic to the Manchester investigation.
“A lot of the information that leaked overnight Monday was fairly mundane, about casualty figures and the method of attack, but the leaking of the suspect’s name was more disruptive because it might have tipped off other suspects,” he said.
US Senator Chris Coons said this in an interview with MSNBC, “We’ve got a very close intelligence and defense partnership with the UK, and that news. . . suggests that we have even more close allies who are questioning whether we can be trusted with vital intelligence. I’m hearing real questions raised whether this administration in particular, whether President Trump, understands what it means to treat highly classified intelligence carefully and responsibly.”
If any more controversy comes up between the UK and the US, more information will be posted soon.