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Manchester Attack 1) May to confront Trump over US leaks

“Britain’s vital intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States has been seriously damaged by leaks of sensitive material from the Manchester bombing investigation to the American media, police warned last night. Senior officers authorised an unprecedented public statement on the normally secret intelligence world after crime scene pictures from the Manchester Arena were published in The New York Times. Police chiefs believe that the publication of the images is unnecessarily distressing for the public and could impede the live investigation and any future prosecutions… The photographs emerged hours after Amber Rudd, the home secretary, revealed that she had protested to Washington about the leak of the bomber’s identity to the US media on Tuesday and said: “It should not happen again.” Theresa May will raise the matter directly with President Trump when the two leaders meet at the Nato summit in Brussels today.” – The Times (£)

More NATO:

  • Prime Minister urges NATO to join fight against ISIS after bombing – Daily Mail
  • NATO to formally join anti-ISIS coalition – FT
  • Trump to demand that NATO allies pay their way on defence – The Times (£)

Comment:

  • Trump is pushing UK-US intelligence sharing onto the rocks – Michael Clarke, Times Red Box
  • Leaks are irritating, but this relationship is worth its weight in gold – Jeremy Shapiro, Daily Telegraph

Manchester Attack 2) Police hunt for mastermind behind bombing

“Police were hunting for the mastermind of the attack last night as it emerged that the suicide bomber was part of a wider network and the bomb maker is still at large. Investigators believe that Salman Abedi, 22, may have just been a ‘mule’ and that the specialist who prepared his sophisticated device is plotting further bloodshed. Yesterday armed police and the military stormed a series of addresses in Manchester, arresting a number of Abedi’s family members. Three people were held, following the arrest of Abedi’s brother, Ismail, the previous day. It is understood that no bomb-making equipment was found at Abedi’s home, and intelligence officials now believe he either made the bomb elsewhere or was given the device and trigger mechanism by an accomplice, possibly during his visit to London in the days before the attack.” – Daily Mail

  • Two arrested in morning raids – The Times (£)
  • Security services missed five chances to stop the attack – Daily Telegraph
  • ‘Toxic’ Prevent scheme will be beefed up – The Times (£)
  • Investigation turns to Libyan links – FT
  • Clegg attacks ‘suspicious’ Prevent strategy – Daily Express

Comment:

  • The Government’s anti-radicalisation strategy is worth fighting for – David Aaronovitch, The Times (£)
  • Our counter-terror system works, what we need now is calm – Hugh Orde, Daily Telegraph
  • Undermining encryption won’t stop terrorists but it will help hackers – Sam Dumitriu, Times Red Box
  • Banning encrypted messaging systems would be futile – Edward Lucas, The Times (£)

Editorial:

  • Social media companies damn themselves by hosting bomb-making guides – The Times (£)

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Manchester Attack 3) Troops on the streets

“SAS soldiers joined counterterrorism police on raids in Manchester yesterday as almost 1,000 regular troops were deployed across the country. Photographs showed special forces with assault rifles, jamming gear and specially adapted helmets after they burst into a flat in the city centre. It was the most dramatic demonstration of a heightened military presence nationwide that was triggered by Monday’s suicide bombing and fears of a second attack. A team of SAS troops was deployed to Manchester in the immediate aftermath of the carnage.” – The Times (£)

  • Army deployment reflects need to support police – FT
  • MPs forced to defend major cuts to armed police – The Sun
  • Parliament closed to the public as threat level raised – Daily Telegraph

Analysis:

  • Deploying soldiers carries political risks – Deborah Haynes, The Times (£)

Comment:

  • Unsettling terrain for our democracy – Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian
  • New security measures will become a way of life – Bill Jamieson, The Scotsman

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