Trump Vows to Find Source of Manchester Leaks

He threatens prosecution 'if appropriate'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2017 11:11 AM CDT
Trump Vows to Find Source of Manchester Leaks
President Donald Trump in Brussels on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)

Before he could be chided by British Prime Minister Theresa May in person at the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday, President Trump called for an investigation into "deeply troubling" leaks of information regarding the bombing in Manchester. Responding to reports that UK authorities are furious that sensitive information shared with US authorities was leaked to the US media, Trump called for a full investigation by the Department of Justice, per the Washington Post, and said the culprit would be prosecuted "to the fullest extent of the law … if appropriate." At the same time, he appeared to deny any responsibility.

"These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this," he said, per Fox News. UK authorities believe US law enforcement is to blame for the leaks, reports the BBC. Still, May had promised to "make clear" to Trump during a meeting Thursday "that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure." Police in Britain have vowed to stop sharing information on the terrorist attack with the US after the New York Times published photos of various pieces of debris. The paper has defended its decision to print the photos, noting they are "neither graphic nor disrespectful of victims." (More Manchester stories.)

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