While British police had discovered the identity of Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 in Manchester on Monday, the name was withheld from the media initially for operational reasons. Yet less than 24 hours after the attack took place, American newspapers citing “government sources” were able to name the attacker.
Later further leaked intelligence including detailed crime scene information, and photographs of shrapnel, a backpack, and a battery were released by The New York Times. The BBC report states the “likely” culprit of the leaks are U.S. law enforcement officials who will have received access to the data through the transatlantic ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence sharing agreement, rather than the White House. The nature and speed of the leaks by these U.S. officials have caused “disbelief and astonishment” in the British government.
There is an obvious reason why UK officials are pissed off about leaked information on the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi is known, and it's not what happened after the attack like the UK is claiming. It has emerged in US media reports that the bomber was identified by a bank card in his pocket. According to NBC News, citing a US intelligence official, members of the bomber's family warned security officials about him in the past, saying that he was “dangerous”. The official told the broadcaster that Abedi likely "had help" making the “big and sophisticated bomb". Just shows you that once again terrorist are known to authorities before they strike, and it's just like James Comey's FBI with both the San Bernardino and Orlando Islamic terrorist attacks.