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UN would settle for monitored visit with soldier suspected of giving classified information to WikiLeaks

April 20, 2011

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This undated file photo obtained by The Associated Press shows Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private suspected of being the source of some of the unauthorized classified information disclosed on the WikiLeaks website.

This undated file photo obtained by The Associated Press shows Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private suspected of being the source of some of the unauthorized classified information disclosed on the WikiLeaks website.

— The United Nations' torture investigator says he would reluctantly settle for a supervised jailhouse visit with the soldier suspected of giving classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks.

Juan Mendez said in a statement Monday that he would still prefer to meet privately with Army Pfc. Bradley Manning at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. He says confidential interviews ensure the credibility of detainees who have alleged mistreatment.

Mendez says he has not received military authorization for any visit.

Manning has been confined alone 23 hours a day at Quantico since July 29. His civilian lawyer contends the pretrial confinement conditions are punitive. The military says Manning's treatment meets constitutional requirements.

Manning supporters have complained to the U.N. that the military is violating Manning's civil rights.

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Kontum1972 2 years, 12 months ago

Manning is the kind of soldier who would rat-out his brothers in arms out to save his pathedic butt.........he deserves a rope or a firing squad

traitor!

all u arm-chair warriors dont know what your talking about...... a soldiers duty is to defend the constitution....u swear this ...so what makes him special?

Manning doesnt belong the the general public...the US Military owns him ...not mom and daddy.

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Stain 2 years, 12 months ago

I hope his lawyers sue the hell out of those responsible for his treatment in the last prison he was in. And win.

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wtfusa 2 years, 12 months ago

I am fairly certain that no significant US interests were harmed by the release of these documents, unless you want to call the corrupt mid-east dictatorships valuable to the US. Also, Bradley has been charged, not convicted of these crimes. He has a very good chance to argue protections from the whistle-blower laws designed to protect those who expose government corruption. Military or not, he is innocent until guilty, which leads me to believe these incarnation tactics are meant to break him before trial.

on Manning's oath to the US~ he had a chance to give all of these documents to a foreign power that would keep them secret. but instead he made the info public for all- in effect making it all mostly useless for anyone that could really threaten US security. He also revealed this GIANT GAPING HOLE IN OUR WIRE TRANSMISSIONS that are suppose to be "classified"

All in all, I think Bradley Manning is a pretty good guy that will have a monument in D.C. when my generation is running the show.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 12 months ago

He's gonna be in Leavenworth. You guys can drive over and throw violets to him over the wall.

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Eybea Opiner 2 years, 12 months ago

This is the same UN that examined whether or not "Mother Earth" should be granted human rights.

The quicker we quit funding this fetid swamp the better.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 12 months ago

Unless we fix the software and get some transparent election results (see Ohio, 2004, for example) we may have to invite the UN in to supervise our elections, just like they do in 3rd world countries.

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pace 2 years, 12 months ago

No I am not a traitor, just a fair person. That of course takes effort. I like law. IF you like taking the easy gory way to power over others, you must be a teapartier. I like cops, jails, courts run on the up and up. The sleazy underhanded crooked ways are many of the congress of today and of many yesterdays but that is something we fight. If we lose that fight we will lose our rights, our homes, our jobs, our schools, our churches and our infrastructure. Cheap, cheesy, crooked ways get you gang wars and disease.

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deec 2 years, 12 months ago

Perhaps he understood it too well. His duty was to defend his country from domestic enemies as well. A government that governs in secret is something to fear and expose to the light of day.

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deec 2 years, 12 months ago

Perhaps he understood it too well. His duty was to defend his country from domestic enemies as well. A government that governs in secret is something to fear and expose to the light of day.

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Kontum1972 2 years, 12 months ago

Manning didnt understand the oath of allegience he took to defend the USA..all soldiers take this oath..to defend your country against all enemies foreign and domestic...he should of stayed home with his parents....and his X-Box.

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ivalueamerica 2 years, 12 months ago

A government who feels the people its serve should not be trusted to know what it does is a dictatorship.

No essential state secrets that threatened national security were leaked.

He is a hero and our government has failed at it´s job.

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oldvet 2 years, 12 months ago

The UN should be given the option to kiss their butts while this traitor is shipped off to Gitmo.

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consumer1 2 years, 12 months ago

Manning supporters??? I thought communist party was dead...

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pace 2 years, 12 months ago

We let the alibi ride, we are the ones being creepy. It is shady business and it shouldn't be. torture, secret prisons, not good. bad.

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deec 2 years, 12 months ago

Among the things I've learned from wikileaks: Mcdonald's tried to use diplomatic channels to get a judge favorable to them to hear a franchise lawsuit in El Salvador. The Vatican was upset that Irish authorities didn't use the proper channels to request evidence about child rape that had gone on for decades in Ireland. They were not upset about the crimes, they were upset about diplomatic etiquette not being followed. Dyncorp used U.S. funds to pimp little boys to Afghan officials.

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JackRipper 2 years, 12 months ago

Glenn Greenwald is one of the few actually following this story in any depth. Info on what has been going on is here: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/

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Doppleganger 2 years, 12 months ago

Bush treated terrorists better at GITMO.

Is it any surprise that Obama's prisons make Manning sleep nude and his TSA handlers touch 6 year old girls while her parents are forced to watch?

This is a changed America.

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JackRipper 2 years, 12 months ago

Traitor? Who was the enemy, the US citizens? It is horrible we know what our country is doing since so much of it is in the dark while we dududu ourselves over who is the American Idol.

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Liberty275 2 years, 12 months ago

The UN will get what we think they need. And they will thank us for it.

"The US is really starting to look like a third world country"

We look like a third-world country because we make a traitor sleep naked?

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JackRipper 2 years, 12 months ago

The US is really starting to look like a third world country with an impressive military.

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