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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-28-11 08:34 AM
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Army invites press to Manning prison
Source: Politico

Army invites press to Manning prison

By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 4/28/11 6:51 AM EDT

Looking to quash complaints of Pfc. Bradley Mannings mistreatment, Army officials are inviting reporters to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to visit the military prison where the man accused of sharing classified documents with WikiLeaks is being held.

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Military officials are eager to show that Manning is being treated well at the medium-security prison as he continues to be held for pretrial evaluation, Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins told The Associated Press. Clearly, Pfc. Manning is an unusual circumstance, he said. The AP didnt offer details on when the tour might happen.

Manning is awaiting the Armys decision on whether hes mentally competent to stand trial on nearly two dozen charges against him, including aiding the enemy, which can come with a life sentence or even the death penalty.

Opponents say forcing him into solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and requiring him to sleep in a suicide-proof smock and strip nude to be inspected by prison guards counts as inhumane treatment. But the Obama administration contends that hes been treated fairly.




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