Obama won't say if he disagrees with P.J. Crowley that Bradley Manning's abuse is "counterproductive and stupid" listen03/11/11 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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Bradley Manning is accused of leaking a trove of diplomatic and war documents to WikiLeaks. He is being detained at a military brig in Quantico, Virginia. His attorney says his clothes are confiscated nightly and he is kept in solitary confinement 23-hours a day. Glenn Greenwald and others have decried the abuse of Manning.
U.S. State Department Spokesperson P.J. Crowley told a group at MIT yesterday, â€œWhat is happening to Manning is ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid, and I donâ€™t know why the [Department of Defense] is doing it. Nevertheless, Manning is in the right place.â€ Today, President Obama was asked by ABC Newsâ€™ Jake Tapper if he agreed with Crowleyâ€™s assessment.
"With respect to Private Manning, I have actually asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of his confinement are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards? They assure me that they are. I can't go into details about some of their concerns but some of this has to do with Private Manning's safety as well. I think I gave you an answer to the substantive issue."
The U.S. militaryâ€™s treatment of pre-trial detainee Bradley Manning includes solitary confinement and forced nudity.
Manning supporters plan a major rally at Quantico on March 20th.