In 11-Page Letter, Manning Writes of Naked Humiliation

He's forced to stand nude as guards walk past him, he writes
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2011 9:40 AM CST
We're sick of this file photo of Bradley Manning too.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – Bradley Manning has released an 11-page letter describing his treatment at Quantico's brig in his own words for the first time. The alleged WikiLeaker says he has been “left to languish under the unduly harsh conditions of max custody,” and complains that being placed on Prevention of Injury watch amounts to “unlawful pre-trial punishment,” according to the Guardian. Under that designation, he’s forced to strip every night and stand naked at "parade rest, with my hands behind my back and my legs spaced shoulder-width apart."

“I stood at parade rest for about three minutes,” Manning writes. “The [brig supervisor] and other guards walked past my cell. He looked at me, paused for a moment, then continued to the next cell. I was incredibly embarrassed at having all these people stare at me naked.” He says he’s no danger to himself, and was enraged when he was briefly put on suicide watch. “Out of frustration, I clenched my hair with my fingers and yelled: ‘Why are you doing this to me? Why am I being punished? I have done nothing wrong.’”

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