Classified information leaks to the media have often been framed as clash between the so-called “deep state” and President Donald Trump. However, Britain’s threat to stop intelligence sharing information with the United States demonstrates the larger problem.
The BBC first reported Thursday that British police will stop sharing information with the United States on the Manchester terrorist attack after someone in the U.S. intelligence community leaked classified photos of the bomb site to The New York Times, which outraged U.K. officials. Later Thursday, Britain said after assurance, it would resume information sharing.
This came as a major concern to the Trump administration.
Prosecuting only a small number of leakers would send a strong message in protecting classified information, said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative government watchdog group.
“The deep state, or shadow government, is something this administration should know to expect retaliation from,” Sekulow told The Daily Signal. “We would strongly support impaneling a grand jury if one hasn’t been impaneled already, to investigate leaking of classified information.”