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Bradley Manning Jailed Naked For 7 Hours; 22 New Charges Filed

Bradley Manning Jailed Naked For 7 Hours; 22 New Charges Filed

On Wednesday, 22 additional charges were filed against Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is accused of passing thousands of secret government documents to WikiLeaks. Among the new charges was ‘aiding the enemy.’ Who this ‘enemy’ is, was not first made clear by the army and there was speculation that the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks was meant. On Thursday, the New York Times reports that the military said that ‘the enemy’ refers to ‘instead referred to any hostile forces that could benefit from learning about classified military tactics and procedures.’

Manning was arrested by the Army after revealing that he had leaked video of a helicopter attack that killed two Reuters photographers and Iraqi civilians, and also some 260,000 diplomatic cables and intelligence reports. 

According to the March 3 New York Times, the other charges filed against him include ‘wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet, knowing that it was accessible to the enemy; multiple counts of theft of public records, transmitting defense information and computer fraud.’ If convicted, Manning could face life in prison. While a military statement says that ‘aiding the enemy’ can be a capital offense, ‘the prosecution team had decided against recommending the death penalty in this case,’according to the New York Times.

In an article entitled Bradley Manning May Face Death Penalty, the Guardian notes that 

David House, a researcher at MIT who is one of very few people to have visited Manning in prison, told the Firedoglake news website that the “aiding the enemy” charge was similar to Richard Nixon’s heavy-handed treatment of Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers. Nixon called Ellsberg “the most dangerous man in America” and said he was “providing aid and comfort to the enemy”. 

“Today we see the Obama administration continuing the legacy Nixon started by declaring whistleblowers as enemies of the state. It is a sad and dangerous day for transparency advocates everywhere,” House said.

Manning has also been charged with “adding unauthorized software” to the secret computer system twice once between February and early April 2010, and again on May 4; the software was used to “extract classified information.”

Since July, Manning has been held for in solitary confinement in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. He is being held as a maximum security detainee under a special set of restrictions intended to prevent self-injury, though his supporters say that he is not suicidal. Manning is confined to his cell 23 hours a day, with one hour to exercise in an empty room, and largely isolated from human contact; his supporters who have visited him say that his mental condition is deteriorating seriously, and even dangerously. 

On Wednesday New York Times says that, according to Manning’s lawyer, David E. Coombs, his client was stripped and left naked in his cell for seven hours, the day the 22 additional charges were announced.

The soldier’s clothing was returned to him Thursday morning, after he was required to stand naked outside his cell during an inspection, Mr. Coombs said in a posting on his Web site.

“This type of degrading treatment is inexcusable and without justification,” Mr. Coombs wrote. “It is an embarrassment to our military justice system and should not be tolerated. Pfc. Manning has been told that the same thing will happen to him again tonight. No other detainee at the brig is forced to endure this type of isolation and humiliation.”

First Lt. Brian Villiard, a Marine spokesman, said a brig duty supervisor had ordered Private Manning’s clothing taken from him. He said that the step was “not punitive” and that it was in accordance with brig rules, but he said that he was not allowed to say more.

“It would be inappropriate for me to explain it,” Lieutenant Villiard said. “I can confirm that it did happen, but I can’t explain it to you without violating the detainee’s privacy.”

House, Manning’s friend, contends that he is ‘being pressured to cooperate.’


Previous Care2 Coverage

Army Failed to Follow Warnings About Manning’s Mental Health

Assange, Manning, and the Rosenbergs: Is nothing secret anymore?

The Case of Pfc Bradley Manning

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7:50PM PST on Mar 8, 2011

gina h heep thinking that the dem's are the greatest thing there just as guilty as the repugs . I hold no party favorite unlike you i look at the best canadate and vote for that person . since you havent worn the uniform you no nothing about the military and it's code . regarding chaney if a court finds him guilty then he should hang .

3:02PM PST on Mar 8, 2011

Cheney committed treason against the US when he "outed" Plame yet experienced NO repercussions for his actions. It's amazing how our "Justice System" works to protect the guilty while punishing those who would bring illegal government actions to light. John Hall, keep slinging your GOP/TPr shit at the Dems & Greens who keep trying to change things for the better of ALL. We know you're all really about giving yourselves more priviledges at the expense of the rest of the population. How quick you are to forget the Bush/Cheney 8 year legacy & mess! You also conveniently ignore the fact that it's YOUR party that keeps trying to deny US workers' rights while still sending jobs overseas for cheaper labor. Take a look at the Supreme Court and the party that controls it still not to mention other branches of the good ole US government. Keep believing the crap from the GOP/TP and you won't even have your own ass to give away let alone a rat's ass by the time they're through filling their own pockets at our expense.

12:39PM PST on Mar 8, 2011

I'm a former 97B (Counterintelligence Agent) who worked on several cases where servicemen actually gave military information about our battle plans, etc. to the Soviets during a time when there was a real risk of war. Those suspect were never treated a harshly as Manning has been, even after their convictions.

11:51PM PST on Mar 7, 2011

I am appalled that soldiers don't have civil rights in the LAND OF THE FREE. Manning's treatment at the hands of the military evokes Steve Biko's under the Apartheid regime in South Africa in 1977. He died, if you remember, naked and fatally beaten. I have relatives in the States who won't see me there any time soon. The world is not a better place because the US runs it.

11:44PM PST on Mar 6, 2011

It seems their is no Justice you kill innocent people torture them against all norms and no one should dare raise the voice what secret you are taking about every one knows what happened in IRAQ and what is going on in Afghanistan it shame full

9:49PM PST on Mar 6, 2011

Cindi B - Why is it this pres you are blaming for the war? Wasn't it the previous ones who got you into both this and Gulf War 1? From the outside I prefer this pres to the earlier oil hungry and intern crazy ones. What happened to the 'land of the free'? Sounds more like the land of the secretive and sneaky.

10:15AM PST on Mar 6, 2011

Sad face

12:34AM PST on Mar 6, 2011

I wouldn't like to go to the USA - despite the majority of people being wonderful folks. If a country's justice system is crooked it's best to steer clear. I hope the good people pressure for change and to stop the mental torture of Manning.

10:46PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

john hall
Yes ... war is hell ... most of us know that ... and it is not the soldier that starts it ... that is why we should be subjecting the politicians to the closest scrutiny...
There are many people out there who support the soldier, but who do not support the war.
And yes... I did walk a mile or two in those boots.

"soldirs come back hurt mentally and physically or they just dont come back at all " I know/ knew men in both categories Remember Agent Orange?
Enough said.

7:34PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

John E.
your right people have a right to there opinion but before you start slamming a soldier walk a mile in there boots . war is hell soldirs come back hurt mentally and physically or they just dont come back at all . i truelly hope you have never been put in that cituation .

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