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UK, Israel annoyed at US over intelligence leaks

WASHINGTON: The United States has apparently annoyed two of its closest allies, the UK and Israel, by its recent inability to keep secrets concerning security intelligence, British media said on Thursday.

Israel had said it had altered information-sharing protocols with the US after President Donald Trump passed on intelligence by their informant concerning the Islamic State (IS) to Russia, possibly endangering his life.

“The British complained about leaks from the Manchester terror attack investigation which showed up in US media — including the name of the attacker, the toll and that it was suicide bomber — potentially jeopardising the case,” a report said.

Both Israel and the UK are America’s closest allies on intelligence; the US and UK belong to a close-knit intelligence sharing alliance called the “Five Eyes” with Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

But the British were so upset that they dumped formalities.

“The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise,” Home Secretary Amber Rudd said.

“So it is irritating when it (information) gets released from other sources and I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again,” she added.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.