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May 25, 2017

Manchester Attack: UK Agrees to Resume Sharing Intelligence With U.S After Assurances Latest:|The Guardian LIve | UK News



theguardian.com
Jessica Elgot

The UK government’s emergency Cobra committee will meet on Friday morning in Whitehall. The home secretary, Amber Rudd, will chair the meeting, as Theresa May is attending the G7 summit in Sicily.
Theresa May will urge G7 leaders today to tell technology firms that they should do more to suppress extremist content online, arguing that the fight against Islamic State is shifting from the “battlefield to the internet”.
The prime minister will tell fellow leaders at the summit in Sicily that every country should encourage companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter to block users who post extremist content and report individuals to authorities if there is evidence of imminent harm.
Addressing a small group of powerful counterparts, including Donald Trump and new French president Emmanuel Macron, May will argue that more has to be done to tackle the threat posed by extremist content online in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack.
The prime minister believes that cooperation between major industrial countries could help force the social media companies to:
  • develop tools that could automatically identify and remove harmful material based on what it contains and who posted it
  • tell the authorities when harmful material is identified so that action can be taken, and
  • revise conditions and industry guidelines to make them absolutely clear about what constitutes harmful material.

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Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says the country will continue to share its intelligence with the United States in the wake of its rift with the UK over a series of leaks over the Manchester bombing.
The prime minister said Donald Trump was obviously disappointed by the leak, which caused the UK to temporarily suspend intelligence-sharing on the bombing and prompted prime minister Theresa May to confront Trump.
“Clearly this was a regrettable breach of security and you can see how disappointed president Trump was about it so regrettably these things do happen, but it was as regretted by President Trump as it was by prime minister May,” Turnbull said.
Asked if he trusted the United States, he said: “Yes, we do.”
In the wake of the Manchester bombing, Turnbull said there was currently a review of intelligence services, which would include the issue of a dedicated minister for homeland security.
He said Australian security agencies had been very successful at thwarting terrorist plots but it was not possible to guarantee they could thwart every one.

British police have resumed sharing information with their counterparts in the US after a brief suspension over a series of leaks by American officials to journalists providing details of the Manchester bomb investigation.
The suspension, announced early on Thursday morning, lasted less than 24 hours. It was primarily intended to send a message to US law enforcement agencies registering anger at the casual way in which sensitive information was disclosed to American journalists.
Mark Rowley, the UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, confirmed that they had “received fresh assurances” from the US and were now working closely with them again.

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