UN Launches Probe Into Bradley Manning 'Torture'
Anti-torture office responds to complaint
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2010 1:41 AM CST
Suspected WikiLeaker Bradley Manning's treatment aboard a floating brig is torture, his attorney has argued.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The United Nations has launched an investigation into reports that treatment of the army private suspected of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks amounts to torture. Bradley Manning is being held aboard a floating brig in Quantico, Va., where he's not allowed to exercise during his 23 hours of solitary confinement a day, reports AP. If Manning tries to do any kind of exercise in his cell, he's immediately ordered to stop, according to his attorney, who also complained about the harsh conditions of the brig.

The UN office on torture issues in Geneva launched its probe after receiving a complaint from one of Manning's supporters about his treatment in custody, though the supporter was not identified. The UN could ask the US to halt violations if officials determine Manning is being tortured. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who refuses to reveal his sources, has called Mannng a "political prisoner." Manning's living conditions "have been getting worse and worse and worse in his cell as they attempt to pressure him into testifying against me," he said. "That's a serious problem." US officials deny Manning's treatment amounts to torture, saying he is being kept safe and secure.

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Feb 13, 2011 7:27 PM CST
Revealing a crime is not a crime... I don't care who yo work for.... and there is never a good reason torture! Free Bradley Manning!!!
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Dec 23, 2010 11:42 AM CST
Put him on trial. The military isn't like working for best buy....if he did leak info, he full well knew that the punishment for that would be a bullet to the head, whether what he did was right or wrong historically. If he leaked, he knew he was giving his life for wikileaks. The punishment he is getting is the same as any prisoner in any supermax prison....I'd rather sacrafice his liberties than give more to terrorists and the rest of the worst of the worst. However, I do think he needs to be convicted first.