Wednesday, December 22, 2010

UN Looking at Torture Allegation in Bradley Manning's Case

The Associated Press
Wednesday, December 22, 2010; 1:09 PM

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- The United Nations says it is looking into a complaint that the Army private suspected of giving classified documents to WikiLeaks has been mistreated in custody.

The UN office for torture issues in Geneva said Wednesday it received a complaint from one of Pfc. Bradley Manning's supporters alleging that conditions in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., amount to torture. Visitors say he spends at least 23 hours a day alone in a cell.

The Pentagon has denied mistreating Manning. A Marine Corps spokesman says the military is keeping Manning safe, secure and ready for trial.

Manning has not commented publicly on whether he is the source of the leaks.

The UN could ask the United States to stop any violations it finds.

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