Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bradley Manning moved to prison

Bradley Manning soldier, accused of funneling thousands of confidential documents from the U.S. to WikiLeaks, transferred to a military prison in Kansas, following criticism of the conditions of his pretrial detention, authorities said. "The Army transferred Private Manning's detention center at Quantico (Virginia) to the regional jail in Fort Leavenworh, Kansas, announced at a press conference Jeh Johnson, lead counsel for the Department of Defense.

According to Johnson, Manning moving to Kansas is "imminent", but insisted that the transfer should not be construed as an acceptance of criticism of prison conditions of detention in Quantico, because that "is not the case." The conditions of detention of Manning "were adjusted to legal standards and regulations in all respects", but the Pentagon believes that the facilities in Kansas are "most appropriate for their continued detention," he said.

The soldier, 23, has been in custody about ten months, and his lawyer has asked to be subjected to an evaluation to determine if it has the "mental capacity" to face trial. Johnson noted that the April 9 completed the research phase of the case of former military intelligence analyst who was betrayed by the "hacker" Adrian Lamo and has been charged with a total of 34 charges.

After completing the investigation phase "no need" Manning remains in the Washington area, but that is where the trial take place, he added. Human rights organizations like Amnesty International have criticized the detention conditions of Manning, whose lawyer claimed in early March that the soldier was receiving treatment harassment and "inappropriate" in Quantico.

According to this information, Manning was confined 23 hours a day in a cell almost devoid of furniture, without a pillow, blankets and personal items, and also forced him to sleep naked, allegedly to ensure safety and prevent it from committing suicide with "gum your underwear. " The controversy increased when the now former State Department spokesman, Philip Crowley, branded the deal that led the Pentagon to Manning as "ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid," a claim by the later resigned.

Both the Department of Defense and President Barack Obama has denied the allegations.

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