U.N. official critical of Manning detention
Bradley Manning faces 22 charges, including aiding the enemy
March 13th, 2012
12:50 PM ET

U.N. official critical of Manning detention

U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of aiding the enemy by passing reams of classified military documents to WikiLeaks, may have been treated inhumanely by the U.S. military since his arrest in 2010, according to a report from the United Nations' top official on torture.

The findings are the result of a 14-month long probe conducted by U.N. special rapporteur Juan Mendez and released late last month. They could spark a debate about Manning's case as it winds toward a court-martial later this year. The latest hearing in Manning's case is scheduled for later this week, at which motions made when Manning was charged on February 23 will be heard.

In his February 29 report, Mendez wrote that he appealed to the United States to get an unmonitored interview with Manning but was unsuccessful. He told the British newspaper The Guardian that he cannot give a definitive report on Manning's treatment because he cannot visit with the soldier alone.

The soldier has been held in military detention since his arrest in May 2010. He was then an Army intelligence analyst at Forward Operating Base Hammer outside Baghdad where, prosecutors say, he put software on secure computers that allowed him to download classified material and burn it to a compact disc.

Manning is facing 22 charges, including aiding the enemy, which could send him to prison for life.

Read more about Manning's upbringing in Oklahoma and how he came to be suspected as WikiLeaks' source

Mendez wrote that Manning was kept alone in a cell for 23 hours a day for nearly one year at the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia, where he was kept before his transfer to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in April 2011. The solitary confinement ended when Manning was transferred to Leavenworth, Mendez wrote.

"The Special Rapporteur concludes that imposing seriously punitive conditions of detention on someone who has not been found guilty of any crime is a violation of his right to physical and psychological integrity as well as of his presumption of innocence," the report said.

Mendez stressed that "solitary confinement is a harsh measure which may cause serious psychological and physiological adverse effects on individuals regardless of their specific conditions." Depending on the circumstances of Manning's case, the decision to hold Manning in this manner might have breached an international convention against torture.

Manning's attorney David Coombs has long decried on his blog that Manning was treated inhumanely at Quantico. Coombs has also used his blog to hint at how he might defend his client.

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  1. Name*Mike

    Hang him!

    March 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Notice there is no comment concerning the legality of missing information their complaining about.

      March 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Thats not what they told Obama, was it ?

      March 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bohemer

      In your soiled dreams only, stupid redneck!

      March 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JuneCleaversBeaver

    Hey Guardian reporter. It is NONE of your stinking business. GO AWAY!

    March 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dan

    He gave up his civilian rights when he made the choice to joined the military and became subject to military law. He has been treated fair. He should if found guilty be executed. My job in the military would have made me his supervisor and I can say from that point of view he should be found guilty and shot!

    March 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Duh, your a supervisor ? he made his choice to joined the military?

      March 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Thats why all that stuff is missing.

      March 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bohemer

      Again, in your soiled dreams only, dumbo!

      March 13, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Speedy trial & punishment as prescribed by military code. Why incarcerate the man for two years before getting on with it?

    March 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Savior

    Shoot him.

    March 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bohemer

      Free him..

      March 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LINDY

    I applaud Bradley for his courage and since my tax dollars pay for the military I have the right to know what's going on. I say free him & give him a medal. The military murderers (whose numbers are growing) can occupy his cell and receive some of the torture they've done to Bradley. NOTHING he released has hurt anybody and was a wake up call for all of us to the nastiness the leaders of the miliitary are up to.

    March 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TDJ

    A crock from beginning to end; a lame attempt to garner sympathy for the accused. Not to be taken seriously.

    March 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Hanging him doesn't change, The fact that he already did what he did and how everything was handled

      March 13, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Max

    humberto, I don't know what or why it seems like you may be sticking up for this guy. Yes he had a choice to join the military, there isn't a draft going on (in-case you didn't know) Treason by any means is wrong for a Country, as I server as a Civilian for the DOD, I secure my Secrete Clearance with every step I take, being a civilian and working for the DOD I think I would be tried in a military court and if found guilty I would be hung, shot or how ever the punishment would be. Do you remember there was a Captain in the US Army bound for treason and the President shot in on the White house Lawn??

    March 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bohemer

    I applaud Bradley for his courage to stand up to the military juggernaut. In time he will be fully exonerated and all the feeble minded rednecks calling for his execution will be sulking up on the the news for a looong time..Hope Bradley will eventually write a book and make some solid $$$ for the treatment he's been exposed to.. More sulking for the rednecks to come.

    March 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      He's only alive today because the other convicts have been ordered to keep hands off, for now.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Thunder

    United Nations, Stay out of our sandbox,

    March 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Guillermo

    I'm amazed at all of the ppl that are demanding that Manning be executed. WAKE UP, FOLKS! ! ! This man DESERVES a MEDAL if anything! He is WHISTLEBLOWER! There is so much wrong-doing in the military & he helped expose a lot of it. And whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty?" I sure hope none of these folks leaving all the nasty comment EVER end up on a jury. . . .

    March 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      When it comes to the military this does not apply. He's a traitor who may have cost American and foreign lives.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dana

    Send him to Guantanamo, get him away from American soil.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    If found not guilty of treason: Because of mistreatment rather than fair conditions of incarceration and a speedy, impartial trial. You'll probably see him cut loose (court marshalled), and the govt. will have to buy him a new 60" plasma TV, and get him a couple girlfriends and a bottle of Jack.
    If found guilty of treason: Death by fireing squad at sunrise.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      Jeff you do remember his alter ego is Breanna or I'm sure you just forgot. I don't think girls does it for him.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Oh those pesky typos:

    If found guilty of treason: Death by firing squad at sunrise.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      He's not even an american soldier, he's a contingent of somekind of NATO effort.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    What would happen if someone handed over our blogging transcripts to the Iranians or the North Koreans? I already know they'd be after me.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Wow, he was imbedded

      March 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Jack Cafferity is still trying to be a commentator ?
      thats how bad things are.
      No body watched him on TV when he was trying to be a newsreporter -and all he had to do was read what was on the paper.

      March 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      I don't even think his mother was watching him.

      March 13, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
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