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Trump threatens prosecution over US leaks of Manchester probe

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US President Donald Trump Thursday slammed as “deeply troubling” US leaks on the probe into the Manchester suicide bombing, warning those responsible could face prosecution.

In a statement issued by the White House, Trump said he had ordered the Department of Justice and other agencies to launch a full review of leaks he described as “a grave threat to our national security.”

“The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling,” Trump said. “If appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“There is no relationship we cherish more than the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom,” Trump added.

Earlier, a British official says police in Manchester will stop sharing information about their bombing investigation with the US until they get a guarantee that there will be no more leaks to the news media.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said there is progress being made on the investigation despite the leaks.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to raise the issue of the leaks with President Donald Trump in Brussels later Thursday.

British officials are particularly angry that photos detailing evidence about the bomb used in the Manchester attack were published in The New York Times, though it was not clear where those came from.

Manchester police would not comment on information-sharing, but said at a news conference that the families of attack victims were distressed by leaks.

(With AFP, AP)