Army Will Transfer Manning to New Prison

Pentagon says it's not because of criticism
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2011 7:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning will be transferred from maximum-security Quantico to medium-security Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, reports AP. The move comes after human rights groups complained of unduly rough treatment for the Army private, though the Pentagon said the decision should not be seen as a concession, notes Politico. Manning's treatment at Quantico complied with “legal and regulatory standards in all respect, and we salute the military personnel there for the job they did," said a spokesman.

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At state-of-the-art Leavenworth, Manning is expected to have fewer restrictions, and he'll have better access to resources for his mental and physical health, reports ABC. He might even get to wear clothes to bed. Manning is accused of leaking secret documents to WikiLeaks, but he has yet to be indicted after 11 months. Supporters generally like the transfer decision, but a spokesman for the Bradley Manning Support Network criticized it as "good strategic move by the Army" to separate him from his DC-area backers. It would have been better to simply improve conditions at Quantico, he said. (Read more Bradley Manning stories.)

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