WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning being moved out of Quantico listen04/20/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday | Listen to this entire show:
Bradley Manning is being moved to a new prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. The Army private is suspected of giving classified data to WikiLeaks. Pentagon general counsel Jay Johnson says more extensive mental, emotional and physical health care will be available for Manning.
"This facility is appropriate to meet Private Manning's health and welfare needs. Given the possibility that he will remain in pre-trial confinement for an additional time, we have the sense that this is in Private Manning's own best interest to move him at this juncture of the case. We remain satisfied that Private Manning's pre-trial confinement at Quantico was in compliance with legal and regulatory standards in all respects."
The transfer comes following criticism and protests of Manning's treatment at the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia. Human rights groups and lawmakers have protested the conditions. Manning has been held in maximum security in solitary confinement for 23 hours per day. At night, his underwear is taken away and he is only allowed to wear only a suicide-proof smock to bed each night.
Former State Department spokesperson PJ Crowley was relieved of his job for criticizing the Pentagon’s abuse of Manning at Quantico. Today Crowley Tweeted that there should be an investigation about Manning’s treatment and "The Pentagon admitted yesterday, sort of, that Bradley Manning spent more months in severe confinement at Quantico than was appropriate."