by Graham Pierrepoint
Amidst the horrific tragedy that unfolded at Manchester Arena earlier this week, UK police took careful measures to try and ensure details they were looking into were kept under wraps and out of the public eye to a minimum while matters were still being investigated – however, US media were the first, it is known, to publicly provide details such as the names of several of those killed in the attack, and even that of the supposed bomber – and it is safe to say that UK officials were not at all pleased. It is therefore thought that there may be a leak somewhere within the US infrastructure that has allowed for such details to be made public – and thankfully, it appears that US President Donald Trump is taking such concerns very seriously indeed.
Claiming that the leaks involved are still very much alleged, Trump asserted that the UK should be assured by the fact that he intends to get to the very bottom of who supposedly offered such sensitive data to the media ahead of any international consensus. Trump has referred to the matter as ‘deeply troubling’, and that the Department of Justice would be investigating the matter in full in due course. The President made further mention of the fact that the US still values the UK as a close ally, and that the ‘special relationship’ holds up.
The alleged leaks have caused some concern both in the media and behind the scenes, with Prime Minister Theresa May – who is up for re-election on June 8th – warning President Trump that there may be a risk in intelligence links between the countries faltering as a result of the scandal. The leaks, however, remain alleged – and while Trump continues to hold off on confirming any wrongdoing behind the scenes, the President is at least keen to ensure that the matter is looked into. The Manchester bombing was hugely devastating to thousands of people – and it is saddening that certain US media outlets were able to share information so freely beyond the say-so of UK authorities.
The UK is continuing to adjust in the aftermath of the disaster, with May having authorised the deployment of army troops to help bolster public security and with the terror level having been raised to critical – arrests are ongoing, and intelligence seem to be proposing that there may be terrorist cells at work responsible for the tragedy.