THE YARD FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--WATSON--
(The Pub, Northumberland)--New reports indicate the intel sharing process has been given the green light again following premature disclosure of sensitive information directly related to the ongoing UK terror probe of the Ariana Grande concert attack on Monday night.
"While we do not usually comment on information sharing arrangements ... having received fresh assurances, we are now working closely with our key partners around the world including all those in the 'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance," said Mark Rowley, Britain's lead officer for counter-terrorism policing.
There appeared a presumption on the sharing of the information that it would be kept at least confidential, that proved to be mistaken. As for the leaks themselves, the finger is still being pointed at the Yanks by the Brits.
(From RTE above)--
That would indicate that, while police forces may not be sharing information with counterparts across the Atlantic such as the FBI, the national intelligence-sharing arrangements involving MI5, MI6 and GCHQ are not affected.
The information had been shared between the countries as part of the long-standing security relationship between the transatlantic allies and cooperation between their intelligence services. The leaks are thought to have come from US law enforcement rather than from the White House.
Mr Burnham told BBC’s Newsnight that police had decided to take a “cautious approach” to releasing information “and yet the first reports were coming seemingly out of the United States”.
The assumption is made throughout the British media that the US intel agency released the photos to the NY Times and not British law enforcement, without any proof of the allegation.