On May 22, a bomb went off after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England which took the lives of 22 people and left 116 more people injured. Since then, British authorities have been working tirelessly to find those responsible for this devastating attack.

The incident has left the UK in a heightened state of alert in their manhunt for the bomb maker and other potential collaborators. However, in the hectic chaos that has occurred since the attacks, classified images of the remains of the bomb that was used in the attack were leaked and published in the New York Times -- as well as the identity of the bomber.

The aftermath of the incident left the British government and intelligence groups angry with the U.S. government due to their mishandling of the information. Because of this, UK authorities have decided to stop sharing information with the U.S. for the time being.

Updates since the attack

Eight men have subsequently been held in custody since the attack, in addition to the suicide bomber’s father and brother who have been detained in Libya. The suicide bomber has been identified as Salman Abedi, a 22-year old Manchester native of Libyan descent who was considered a person of interest by British intelligence.

However, his risk analysis remained the subject of review by security services.

British authorities have claimed the arrests have proven to be substantial while the search of both Abedi’s and the detainees’ living quarters resulted in the discovery of items important to the investigation. It is believed that Abedi was part of a network that organized the attack and that he had traveled through Turkish and German airports before arriving in the UK.

Info sharing

Because of the leaks, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she plans to have a discussion with U.S. President Donald Trump about the leaks, as well as the logistics of intelligence sharing at the NATO meeting in Brussels today. According to BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera, UK officials believe that the mismanagement of the information was most likely due to U.S.

law enforcement agencies rather than the White House.

Among the nations part of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing agreement which includes the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the UK, the U.S. is the only country that has been excluded from the flow of intelligence concerning the Manchester attack. However, it should be noted that the U.S. and the UK continue to share information regarding other threats.