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Bradley Manning No Longer Held in Solitary Confinement

Bradley Manning No Longer Held in Solitary Confinement

Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of passing on some 720,000 diplomatic and military documents to the whistle-blower site Wikileaks, will no longer be held in solitary confinement. According to USA Today, Manning will be housed with other medium-security military prisoners at the military prison in Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where he was transferred last week.

Following his arrest almost a year ago on May 26, 2010, Manning has been held on a military brig in Quantico, Virginia. He was held in solitary confinement for 23 hours there and required to strip naked at night, and to wear a “suicide-proof smock” while he slept.

Manning has been charged with “aiding the enemy,” a capital offense. Over the past year, Wikileaks has published thousands of classified documents, including US diplomatic cables spanning five decades; top secret documents about the Iraq War and the war in Afghanistan; and, most recently, 759 classified military documents that provide new details about the men held at the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba as well as evidence against the 172 men who are still detained there.

Says USA Today about the change in the confinement of Manning:

The announcement came as the Army took reporters on a prison tour to try to counter reports of Manning’s previous harsh, solitary confinement at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. No photos or videotaping were allowed.

Prison commander Lt. Col. Dawn Hilton told reporters that Manning had passed physical and psychiatric evaluations given to new inmates and will be housed — in his own 80-square-foot cell — amid about 10 other prisoners awaiting trial, the Associated Press reports. More prison details here (pdf).

Concerns about Manning’s treatment have been raised by the United Nations special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez, by the Bradley Manning Support Network and by 250 of the US’s most eminent legal scholars, who recently signed a public letter protesting Manning’s treatment. The letter was published in the New York Review of Books and written by Bruce Ackerman of Yale Law School and Yochai Benkler of Harvard Law School.

 

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12:04AM PDT on May 1, 2011

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10:35PM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

What ever happened to don't kill the messenger?When you are committing illegal acts against the worlds population and you are exposed you should apologize.Not run amok looking for any and everyone that ever had access to said information.All current wars are without just cause(except maybe Libya).Julian Assange and Bradley Manning are men of conscience.Just because such men are a rarity in these times is no reason to try to punish them for their conscience.

8:55PM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

Well, it's about bloody time!

3:30PM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

Manning is the man and needs to be freed, he has more for the country than any of the past presidents.

He has opened up the eyes of the world that all that USA and its allies say are not gospel truth but quite the opposite.

Politicians are fear mongers to elongate their tenure at the power houses and control the thinking of simple folk

1:52PM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

This young man Manning, really if he did these things could have put a nail in bush and chaney's coffin for that Iraq war. From the video I saw it was incriminating. The lies we were told about it/iraq from the earliest, shows, there were bad things happening over there to the contrary. that we were not interested in saving anyone and they knew it. that makes bush and cheney look horrible. it's strange how great lengths is taken to protect some people and crucify, this young Manning.

6:02AM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

Of course Bradley and Assange should be released.
The US of Amnesia and its cohorts don't like their filthy and putatively illegal machinations open to public view no more the dirty tricks they use purveying them.
The CIA is a criminal organisation and probably directly responsible for more hurt than the Inquisition. It makes people look at Americans with a jaundiced eye and be less than concerned about what happens in and to the USA.
It's time that the US stopped greedily interfering all over and totally reframed its foreign policy.
The World is fed up with naive yanks trying to install 'Democracy' and 'save' the World whereas, in fact, there is a whole dirty tricks policy going on below the surface. Let's face it, did the morons in the Pentagon really think that there would never be a leak?
Good for Manning and screw the neo colonial ambitions of the US.

4:10AM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

and while we're at it, i say "free jonathan pollard" and "free gilad shalit".

3:52AM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

Who is the enemy?

12:53AM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

Manning wasn't a whistleblower or courageous. He secretly sent classified information to a foreign entity, thousands of pages of it that had no criminal activity tied to it..

If he had been a hero he would have exposed any criminal behavior himself, he's just a traitor, and will receive a traitors fate, at the very least life in a federal prison and possibly death.

As a criminal he deserves no less.

12:28AM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

Bradley Manning comes out to be the only one speaking the truth in this affair. I find it horrendous he has been forced to stay in isolation for an entire year, sleeping in a suicide-proof outfit. Justice in America has always had bad press but this is taking it a step much further.
Bradley Manning is a true modern hero!

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