Pfc Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking Government secrets, is being moved
from the Marine Corps brig at Quantico to an Army prison at Fort Leavenworth,
Kansas, perhaps as early as Wednesday April 20th. For details, see for instance the MSNBC report Pfc. Manning to be transferred to Army prison .
At Quantico, Manning was held for over eight months in a cell by himself,
permitted no contact with other prisoners, and subjected to indignities such as
having all his clothes taken away at night and being forced to stand nude for
Today’s news reports seem to suggest that at Leavenworth he will be treated more like the person awaiting trial that he is. If that is true, it is a step in the right direction.
According to the MSNBC article above,
“U.S. military officials, who spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity, deny Manning was tortured, but one said “the Marines blew it” in terms of how they treated him.
Both White House and Pentagon officials grew increasingly concerned by the human rights drumbeat of public accusations and criticism of Manning’s treatment and wanted to put an end to it, they said.”
This move is a message of hope not just for Manning, but also those who spoke
against the harsh treatment meted to him while at Quantico.
- Pentagon Briefing on Pfc. Bradley Manning (c-span.org)
- Bradley Manning to be moved to Fort Leavenworth prison (guardian.co.uk)
- Bradley Manning to be Moved to Pentagon’s Only Maximum Security Prison (fdlaction.firedoglake.com)