UK Police Stop Sharing Information on Manchester Attack With U.S. After Leaks
As the situation remained tense in Manchester, police said they were responding to a call at a college in the Trafford area, roads were closed and they were assessing the situation. Army bomb disposal experts had arrived at the college.
The decision to stop sharing police information with U.S. agencies was an extraordinary step as Britain sees the United States as its closest ally on security and intelligence.
“This is until such time as we have assurances that no further unauthorized disclosures will occur,” said the counter-terrorism source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The official threat level was raised after the Manchester attack to “critical,” its highest level, meaning a further attack could be imminent. Troops have been deployed to free up police officers for patrols and investigations.
After a series of police raids in and around Manchester, a total of eight people are in custody in connection with the suicide bombing. British media have reported that one of them is Abedi’s brother but police have not confirmed that.