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Manning argues that charges be dropped
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Manning argues that charges be dropped

Published: Nov. 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM

FORT MEADE, Md., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army private accused of leaking data to WikiLeaks was in stringent custody due to the charges and his behavior, a retired Marine official testified.

Retired Marine Col. Daniel J. Choike, the former commander of the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va., told the military court at Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday he agreed with the brig staff that Bradley Manning should be on prevention-of-injury status because of his history, the seriousness of the charges against him and what he called his "erratic behavior," The Baltimore Sun reported.


Manning's lawyers want all charges dismissed, arguing the conditions were so "egregious" at Quantico, where Manning was detained from July 2010 through April 2011, that they amounted to pretrial punishment, violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the U.S. Constitution. If the charges aren't dismissed, they have asked that Manning receive credit for time served against any sentence he receives.


David Coombs, Manning's attorney, asked Choike if he was aware of weekly reports stating Manning didn't display any disciplinary issues; was polite, respectful and courteous to brig staff, and that mental health professionals recommended he be removed from prevention-of-injury status. Choike said he knew of the reports as well as others that indicated Manning was depressed and withdrawn.

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If you were Bradley Manning and in "stringent custody," do you think you might be depressed?

"Stringent custody"

"Aggressive interrogation"

"Extraordinary rendition"

When did we become a nation of obfuscating euphemisms?

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