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Donald Trump has ordered a review into how sensitive material relating to the Manchester terror attack that was shared across the Atlantic by British intelligence officials was leaked to the US media.
Axar.az reports citing the Guardian.
The president threatened to identify and prosecute those who handed unauthorised information to the New York Times after the UK government reacted with fury to the leaks.
His statement came just before Theresa May confronted him about the issue as the pair were waiting for the traditional group photograph of world leaders at a Nato summit in Brussels.
A senior government source said the prime minister had argued that intelligence shared with the US was “hugely important and valuable and must be kept secure”.
Trump said: “The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling. These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this. The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security.”
The US president said he was asking the justice department and other relevant agencies to launch a review: “If appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There is no relationship we cherish more than the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.”
His intervention in the controversy over the leaks came as he also warned that “thousands and thousands” of potential terrorists could be entering western countries and posing a threat while governments were completely unaware of their identities
Trump was addressing 28 world leaders next to a memorial of 9/11 and the Berlin wall at Nato headquarters, asking them to observe a moment of silence in memory of those who lost their lives in Manchester.
“Prime Minister May, all of the nations today here grieve with you and stand with you,” he said, describing the attack as a terrible thing and repeating his claim that the perpetrators were best described as “losers”.
He said: “The recent attack on Manchester and the UK demonstrates the depths of the evil we face with terrorism. Innocent little girls and so many others were horribly murdered and badly injured when attending a concert. Beautiful lives with so much great potential torn from their families for ever and ever. It was a barbaric, a vicious attack upon our civilisation.”
2017.05.25 / 23:17