Twenty-three hours of solitary confinement isn’t sitting well with Ohio’s Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who wants the Pentagon to grant a visit with accused Wikileaker Bradley Manning. This isn’t just a remarkable development for Manning’s health. It’s also a remarkable development for lawmakers in general, who so far have been outshined by Sen. Joe Lieberman’s feelings on espionage, and have been hesitant to touch Manning with a ten-foot pole because of the political implications. (Defending a person already branded a national security threat? You might as well go rollerblading with Osama.) Kucinich, who sits on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is looking out for Manning’s “basic constitutional rights,” he tells MSNBC, as well as his “mental health.” The ball is now in Sec. of Defense Robert Gates’ court, who will ultimately decide whether lawmakers can go see Manning at the Marine base in Quantico, Virginia. Gates’ response should be, simply, “of course.”

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