Trump orders Justice Department probe of US leaks in Manchester bombing probe


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President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered the U.S. Justice Department to investigate leaks about Britain’s terrorism probe of the Manchester concert bombing that killed 22 people and injured many more.

Responding to British officials’ concern, Trump said the leaks “pose a grave threat to our national security” and ordered a complete review by the Justice Department and other relevant agencies, report the Washington Post, CNN, Bloomberg News, USA Today and the New York Times.

“If appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Trump said.

Revelations in U.S. publications included broadcast of the name of the suspected suicide bomber before its release, and crime scene photos published by the New York Times.

Trump’s decision came after Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said on Thursday that police would suspend sharing intelligence information with the United States in the bombing case because of the leaks, according to CNN. British Prime Minister Theresa May is raising the issue in a meeting with Trump at a NATO meeting in Brussels.

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