Leaks of the investigation into the horrific Manchester, England, terrorist bombing are "borderline, if not over the line, treason," Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday.
In an interview on NBC News' "Meet the Press," Kelly said U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd "immediately brought this topic up" when Kelly called after last Monday's deadly Ariana Grande concert blast.
The sharing of intelligence related to the case between British counterterrorism police and U.S. officials was briefly paused after pictures from the scene were published, and the name of the suspected attacker was released to the press.
"I believe when you leak the kind of information that seems to be routinely leaked - high, high level of classification… I think it's darn close to treason," Kelly said.
"I don't know where the leak came from," he added. "But I will tell you this, as I always do in cases like this, I immediately called my counterpart in the U.K. And after offering my condolences about the attack… She immediately brought this topic up. And, if it came from the United States, it's totally unacceptable. And I don't know why people do these kind of things, but it's borderline, if not over the line, of treason."
While the intelligence sharing has now continued, President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted that British Prime Minister Theresa May "was very angry" about them.
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