Apr 20, 2011

Wikileaks soldier sent to Leavenworth

MSNBC and Senator Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) both reported during a morning interview that Army PFC Bradley Manning was scheduled to be transferred from a Marine Brig in Virginia to the Leavenworth Federal Prison in Leavenworth, Ks.

Manning is accused of sending thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks in order to embarrass the government--the documents alleged to have been leaked embarrassed State Department officials for thing said about foreign heads of state and other classified documents.

There are charges that Manning has been held and tortured or at least humiliated during his imprisonment without trial at the Marine Brig.

Kucinich has sought unsuccessfully to visit Manning in prison and has been working with Manning's lawyer who has sought to get the soldier better treatment.  Reports have leaked that the soldier had been ordered to stand at attention while naked during his incarceration, a disturbing report about military practice against some prisoners.  
Leavenworth Federal Prison
A transfer to Leavenworth is considered an improvement in his treatment, even though it is a maximum security prison. (The AP reports Manning was transferred Wednesday to Kansas.  Revised copy correcting where Manning has been over the past nine months and that his transfer has occurred.)

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