WW3 Situation Report: US leaks Manchester Details, US challenges South China Sea
UK police have stopped sharing information about the Manchester terrorist attack with the US, following a series of leaks to media outlets, it has been reported.
Greater Manchester Police will no longer share security information about the attack and investigation. Citing unidentified sources, the BBC reports UK officials are outraged, while the police are “furious” with the US leaking to the press.
This is until such time as we have assurances that no further unauthorized disclosures will occur,” a source, who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity, said.
Prime Minister Theresa May was due to chair a meeting of Cobra, the government’s emergency response committee, on Thursday morning, a spokesman for her office said, according to Reuters. Later on Thursday, May will reportedly raise the issue of the leaks with US President Donald Trump at a NATO meeting in Brussels.
The investigation into the suicide bomb that killed 22 and injured 59 at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester is ongoing, with police making two more arrests on Thursday morning.
US challenges South China Sea
The Chinese Navy has warned a US warship to leave, as it sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea “without permission.” Beijing says that the latest US move disrupts the peace process in the region.
After the USS Dewey guided missile destroyer entered waters near the disputed land “without permission from the Chinese government,” the country’s navy “warned it to leave,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a news conference on Thursday, as cited by AFP.
China slammed the recent US patrol, saying that it “undermines China’s sovereignty and security interests.” Beijing urged Washington to “correct this mistake” and refrain from further provocations that can undermine the “peace and security of the region” as well as bilateral cooperation between the US and China.
“Stop taking further provocative actions that hurt China’s sovereignty and maritime interests, so as to avoid hurting peace and security of the region and long term cooperation between the two countries,” Lu Kang stated. He added that these patrols can “cause unexpected air and sea accidents,” Reuters reports