ON TRIAL

Judge Rules Wikileaks Suspect Bradley Manning Mistreated In Military Prison

Bradley_Manning_US_ArmyA military judge has ruled that Pvt. Bradley Manning, on trial for leaking classified files, was treated inhumanely while imprisoned in a military brig in Quantico, Virginia.

Manning—who had told friends and co-workers he was gay, but also reportedly considered gender-reassignment surgery—was held for nine months in an isolated 6×8-foot cell in Quantico, VA, where he was denied access to sunlight and exercise.

According to the Bradley Manning Support Network:

After more than two weeks of intense litigation by Bradley Manning’s defense, and hearing how Quantico brig staff blatantly disregarded Navy Rules in their mistreatment of Bradley, military Judge Denise Lind has confirmed that Bradley was punished unlawfully before trial by awarding Bradley 112 days credit.

Instead of awarding 10-for-1 credit, which would severely reprimand the military for its handling of Bradley and which would significantly impact Bradley’s potential sentence, Judge Lind gives 1-to-1 credit for selected portions of Manning’s confinement.

Jeff Paterson, a Manning advocate, says the ruling by Judge Denise Lind “confirmed that Bradley was mistreated—and vindicated the massive protest effect that was required to stop the Marines at Quantico from torturing Bradley.” Paterson says 112 days off Manning’s sentence is “not nearly enough to hold the military accountable for their actions.”

Manning was arrested in May 2010 and charged with passing classified documents to the whistleblower site Wikileaks.  His trial is set for March—if found guilty, he faces up to 150 years in prison, minus the 112 days Lind has credited him.