May 25, 2017

Manchester police will stop sharing intel with US after leaks

U.K. officials said Manchester police will no longer share intelligence regarding the investigation into the city's terrorist attack with the U.S. following their outrage over repeated leaks to the media, reports BBC. Their latest fury comes after the NY Times released photos of debris of the blast that left 22 dead, and the name of the bomber, Salman Abedi, was leaked to the media just hours after the attack.

Yesterday, U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd slammed the leaks as "irritating" and said that "I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again." The U.K.Police Chiefs Council also released a statement, noting that when their trust is breached, "it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations."

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that she plans to confront President Trump at a NATO meeting in Brussels today that shared intelligence "must remain secure."

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Why it matters: Many startups are rethinking the viability of their core businesses in the wake of the coronavirus. Spaces' move is one of many such pivots likely to crop up in the coming months.

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It feels like some big, terrible switch got flipped when the coronavirus upended our lives — so it’s natural to want to simply flip it back. But that is not how the return to normalcy will go.

The big picture: Even as the number of illnesses and deaths in the U.S. start to fall, and we start to think about leaving the house again, the way forward will likely be slow and uneven. This may feel like it all happened suddenly, but it won't end that way.