UN Torture Watchdog: I Want to See Manning
Pentagon is blocking unmonitored visit, official complains
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2011 4:04 AM CDT
Suspected Wikileaker Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – The United Nations' torture watchdog is accusing the US of stonewalling him in his attempts to visit suspected WikiLeaker Bradley Manning. "I am deeply disappointed and frustrated by the prevarication of the US government with regard to my attempts to visit Mr. Manning," said UN official Juan Mendez. "I am acting on a complaint that the regimen of this detainee amounts to cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment or torture." Mendez said most nations allow his visits without conditions, but the US Defense Department is only allowing a "private visit," meaning the visit would take place with a guard present and that anything Manning might say to Mendez could be used in the soldier's court martial, reports the Guardian.

Mendez said he will visit Manning under current conditions, but will continue to press for an
unmonitored visit. "I am insisting the US government lets me see him without witnesses," he said. Supporters have charged that Manning's incarceration amounts to torture. He is being held in solitary confinement in Quantico, and is forced to strip each night, according to his attorney. Pentagon officials say Manning is being held in a "single-occupancy" cell and is allowed to receive visitors, watch TV, and exercise outside his cell.

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Blindsquirl
Apr 13, 2011 12:36 AM CDT
What we allow our government to do to ONE of us....will allow them (the government) to do the same to ANY of US. Imprisoned, no charges and no 'speedy' trial...B. Manning is NOT an enemy combatant, he is an American Citizen and is ENTITLED to the same priviledges provided to ALL of us by our Constitution. Email, write or call YOUR "representative" and tell them to HONOR their oath to defend the Constitution and stop this PUNISHMENT of Bradley Manning...he has NOT been found GUILTY of ANYTHING. (in either a military or civilian court)
darkness_falls
Apr 12, 2011 4:46 PM CDT
This is the typical US, inhumane and always turning back on the principles that found this nation. Seems like the US is turning into more of a Communistic society if you ask me.
saucier111
Apr 12, 2011 10:52 AM CDT
Were hypocrites here in america trying to tell china about their humanitarian issues.When were the most corrupt nation on earth,invade countries for no other reason than their minerals and oil and drugs.