The White House hinted today that it may have to alter long-standing intelligence sharing arrangements with the United Kingdom after the release of information provided to the Brits about the confinement and interrogation of one of its citizens, Binyam Mohamed.
"The United States government made its strongly held views known throughout this process. We appreciate that the U.K. Government stood by the principle of protecting foreign government intelligence in its court filings," said Ben LaBolt, a White House spokesperson. "We're deeply disappointed with the court's judgment today, because we shared this information in confidence and with certain expectations."
LaBolt's statement hinted that the US might reevaluate the type of information it shares with British counterterrorism and intelligence agencies.
"As we warned, the court's judgment will complicate the confidentiality of our intelligence-sharing relationship with the U.K., and it will have to factor into our decision-making going forward. This just means that we need to redouble our efforts to work through this challenge, because the U.K. remains a key partner in our collective efforts to suppress terrorism and other threats to our national security."