New York Times Publishes Photos Of Manchester Bomb Parts Amid UK Frustration
More strain may be put on the UK-US special relationship after extraordinary detail of the Manchester suicide attack was published by US media.
The New York Times published pictures of the bomb parts – the detonator and battery, as well shrapnel – said to be found at the scene just hours after UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd expressed fury at apparent United States government leaking.
On BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the minister said the British government will look at how much detail it shares with the United States about ongoing terror attacks, after details about the Manchester bombing appeared to be leaked to American journalists first.
Details published on the other side of the Atlantic first included the initial death toll, that it was a suicide attack and, to the frustration of British authorities, the name of the bomber.
A detonator, shrapnel and a battery: The Times got access to photos of materials found at the Manchester bombing https://t.co/92p2LDRpga
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 24, 2017
The key detail in the NYT report appears to be that the detonator could have been triggered remotely, suggesting a terror cell or network
Rudd said it was “irritating” that information was obtained by US media outlets before it was released by British police.
Asked by Today if she would “look at” what the UK tells the US in future, she said:
“Yes, quite frankly.
“The British police have been very clear they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise.
“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.”
“The bomber in the Manchester terrorist attack appeared to have carried a powerful explosive in a lightweight metal container concealed either within a black vest or a blue Karrimor backpack, and to have held a small detonator in his left hand, according to preliminary information gathered by British authorities.”
This is one of the most worrying developments of horrible last 48 hours. If intelligence services stop trusting each other… https://t.co/yYCLMegdCt
— Tim Montgomerie ن (@montie) May 24, 2017
If Britain’s Home Secretary was “irritated” when the US leaked the bomber’s name, one suspects she’ll be apoplectic now. https://t.co/WBxrXqTP3u
— Robert Hutton (@RobDotHutton) May 24, 2017
Remarkable US intelligence leaks on Manchester. That “special relationship” as one-sided as ever. https://t.co/jI7DFEvrl6
— George Eaton (@georgeeaton) May 24, 2017