UN Torture Chief: Manning's Treatment Cruel, Inhuman
Juan Mendez accuses US of cruel and inhumane treatment
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2012 12:04 PM CDT
US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning (R) is escorted by military police to a vehicle after his arraignment at Fort Meade, Maryland, on February 23, 2012.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The UN's torture chief has officially accused the US government of cruel and inhumane treatment of suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, the Guardian reports. The agency's special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, investigated Manning's treatment for 14 months and found that Manning's 11-month solitary confinement was "at a minimum cruel, inhuman, and degrading," but may have been torture "if the effects in regards to pain and suffering inflicted on Manning were more severe."

Mendez tells the Guardian he could not definitively conclude Manning was tortured because he was never allowed to interview him in private. The lack of privacy is also unacceptable, Mendez notes, and violates the UN's human rights procedures. The findings, which are published in a report on human rights to the UN general assembly, will likely inflame criticism of the government's treatment of Manning, who is scheduled to be court-martialed this year.

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Mar 13, 2012 10:30 PM CDT
If Manning is convicted and sentenced to Leavenworth, aside from putting him into a segregated block I just don't know how he would survive in the general prison population. He may choose isolation if given the choice. If not, I hope he brings a big bottle of Vaseline with him.
Mar 13, 2012 1:11 PM CDT
They should try the little worm for treason.......................
Mar 13, 2012 3:41 AM CDT
well if the UN says so...it MUST be real...it's not like they would do anything corrupted ...: )