Pupils react outside Tottington high school, after viewing flowers in memory of schoolmate Olivia Campbell who was killed during the Manchester Arena attack, Bury, Manchester, Britain, May 26, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Yates
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Within minutes of British counterterror police learning a deadly blast had struck Manchester Arena, their U.S. counterparts were in the loop. That is how the security relationship – one of the world's closest – is supposed to work. What is not supposed to happen is for the information to leak.The intimate intelligence cooperation between the two allies has paid off in multiple cases since the 9/11 attacks exposed the Western world to the threat of extremist groups.London called it a breach of trust, and briefly suspended intelligence sharing, as Prime Minister Theresa May made clear to President Donald Trump during a NATO summit that shared intelligence must be "secure".Given the expansion of intelligence resources and intensified cooperation on terrorism over the past 15 years, hundreds of people across the U.S. government's massive intelligence bureaucracy would have been privy to the information.The London-Washington rift comes at a tricky time for intelligence sharing.
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