by Col. Jim Waurishuk USAF (Ret.)
The level of displeasure has reached the Prime Minister with PM Theresa May saying she will raise the issue with President Trump directly, telling him "that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies and intelligence organizations must remain secure.
Leaks continue out of the U.S. Intelligence Community and are now beginning to be detrimental and damaging to both operations and with U.S. and allied nations relations.
Apparently, classified intelligence information pertaining to the Manchester, UK bombing attack that was shared by British intelligence authorities with the CIA, subsequently leaked to and provided to The New York Times. In turn, the NYT published the classified information which included photographs of bomb fragments from the device used by suicide bomber Salman Abedi at the Manchester concert. Abedi’s name was also provided to the U.S. intelligence community and asked by the Brits to be keep quiet and not released.
The leaks occurred yesterday are in addition to others in a series of classified leaks from American intelligence authorities, which have now led Britain to stop sharing intelligence related to the Manchester attack and perhaps other counterterror operations being worked jointly with the United States. British counterterrorism authorities told the White House and their Intelligence Community official that they’ve halted the flow of intelligence to their American counterparts “until such time as they have assurances and feel confident that no further unauthorized disclosures of classified information will occur.
In recent months, British authorities have been unusually outspoken over their anger and distrust at the number of U.S. leaks, with UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd calling them “irritating.” Further, the level of displeasure has reached the Prime Minister with PM Theresa May saying she will raise the issue with President Trump directly, telling him “that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies and intelligence organizations must remain secure.
It is more than obvious, that the leaks are part of the damaging agenda and strategy of the Deep State operatives and political holder-overs imbedded within the Intelligence Community. The intent and purpose of which is to both put the blame of the leaks on, and to embarrass President Trump in an effort to delegitimize and destroy his presidency by damaging his ability, leadership, and effectiveness as President. Which of course, would be to give the anti-Trump members of Congress to be used further evidence and justification for their ongoing effort and strategy to impeachment and removal of President — albeit under false pretenses.