US WikiLeaks Suspect Manning's Solitary Confinement To End

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US Army Private Bradley Manning, who has been held in connection with the leak of top secret US diplomatic cables published by internet whistle-blower, WikiLeaks, will soon be moved out of solitary confinement, reports said on Friday.

Officials at the high-security Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas said the decision allowing Manning to be housed along with fellow inmates came after he passed mental and physical assessments.

Earlier this month, Manning was shifted to Fort Leavenworth from the marine jail in Virginia. The move came in the wake of allegations that he was being confined to a prison cell for 23 hours and forced to disrobe regularly.

According to Fort Leavenworth Commandant, Lt Col Dawn Hilton, Pte Manning had been cleared to be held as a medium-security prisoner following lengthy assessments for all new inmates. Hilton said he would be treated like every other prisoner, with dignity and respect.

Manning will now be able to receive daily visitors and unlimited mail and his new 80 square feet cell has a bed, toilet, sink, desk and stool. Manning will also be allowed to communicate with 10 undertrials housed in the same compound. Besides, there will be three-hours recreation time daily which will be spent in the Library or outside the cell.

The Bradley Manning Support Network meanwhile, said it was heartening that conditions were indeed improving for Manning.

Private Manning who enrolled in the US Army in 2007, was first charged in May with 12 counts of unauthorized downloading a secret video of a US military operation, as well as leaking classified military and diplomatic files and cables, and also sharing them.

Later, new charges were slapped on him, including the use of unauthorized software on official computers for ferreting out secret information, which is punishable by death under the US Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Last year, WikiLeaks published troves of classified US official documents called Iraq War Logs and the Afghan War Diary, as well as secret US diplomatic cables dating back fifty years.

US officials have strenuously denied charges of Manning's ill-treatment. Last month, US State Department spokesman PJ Crowley was forced to step down over remarks critical of Pentagon's treatment of Manning.

Crowley's controversial remarks came during a speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on foreign policy and new-age media. On being asked about the alleged ill-treatment of Manning at a military prison, Crowley termed the Department of Defense's conduct in the matter as stupid.[/p]

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It's nice to hear he's out of the solitary confinement. Of course, we have yet to see the end of this.
 

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Like it or not, he broke the law and therefor must be punished according to that law.
Like it or not, he is military personnel and subject to Military Law not Civilian Law.

He knew what he was doing, he knew the risks.
Do I blame him? No.
Do I think he's a bad person? No.
Do I think he should have been treated better? Sure.
Do I think he was "tortured"? Absolutely not.
 

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Ace Faith said:
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QUOTE(twiztidsinz @ May 1 2011, 08:25 PM) Do I think he was "tortured"? Absolutely not.
Really? This looks different for me.
what the hell did they do with this guy?
Even if it was wrong what he did, it looks like he was beaten up by some morons. gosh...this people are million time worse than him, this guys are animals.
 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torture
QUOTE said:
orture, according to the United Nations Convention Against Torture (an advisory measure of the UN General Assembly) is:

...any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him, or a third person, information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in, or incidental to, lawful sanctions. --UN Convention Against Torture[1]
Water boarding is torture. Solitary confinement, sleep deprivation and a heavy wool blanket do not constitute torture.

I've heard far worse from stories from Marines about their training.



Also... since it's been shown that the picture is 100% INACCURATE, not being the right person and all, can it be removed from the news post?
http://www.drumsnwhistles.com/2011/03/18/m...radley-manning/
 

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twiztidsinz said:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TortureWater boarding is torture. Solitary confinement, sleep deprivation and a heavy wool blanket do not constitute torture.

I've heard far worse from stories from Marines about their training.
Also... since it's been shown that the picture is 100% INACCURATE, not being the right person and all, can it be removed from the news post?
http://www.drumsnwhistles.com/2011/03/18/m...radley-manning/

"Psychological" Torture. There's more then just physical. This is less textbook and more common sense.
 

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twiztidsinz said:
Water boarding is torture. Solitary confinement, sleep deprivation and a heavy wool blanket do not constitute torture.
I disagree. He has undergone psychological torture in the Quantico brig, whether you're willing to accept it or not. The notion that only physical abuse "constitutes" torture is completely misguided and reactionary.

This article has been a rather interesting inquiry into the effects of his isolation: http://my.firedoglake.com/valtin/2010/12/2...ry-confinement/
If that doesn't do it for anybody, Manning's own rebuttal to base commander Col. Daniel Choike provides some information about his day to day experiences while at Quantico: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=...giogG&pli=1

@ManFranceGermany: That is not a picture of Bradley Manning.
 

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