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The Manchester attack revealed crucial differences in how the British and American press operate

As questions continue to be asked of MI5, it's worth reflecting on how the press treats intelligence services – on both sides of the Atlantic

By Calder Walton  

With Trump as president, the US press seem to be operating on a system of leak first, ask later. Photo: Wikimedia commons

In the aftermath of the suicide bombing in Manchester a week ago, important questions are being asked about Britain’s intelligence services, their liaison with US intelligence, and the way press on both sides of the Atlantic reports on such matters.

Britain’s Security Service (MI5) is understood to have been warned about the man who last week killed 22 people, and injuring 64, at a concert in Manchester Arena.…

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