Bradley Manning, the man behind the documents which put WikiLeaks (and Assange) well and truly on the international map is looking at —- even more hard time in a Marine brig.
The lamescream media have gone hog-wild over the Cablegate revelations in a way matched only by their reporting of Apple leaks.
But there’s been relatively little about Manning, who reportedly made it all possible.
Arrested in May, he’s facing a courts martial and, depending on the findings, another 52 years in a military stockade.
In July he was transfered to US Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia where he was “placed in solitary confinement under ‘maximum custody’ and a restrictive ‘Prevention of Injury’ order while he awaits trial”, says an online Firedoglake petition to get him freed.
It says restrictions include >>>
- Detained in his cell for 23 hours a day
- Guards must check on Manning every 5 minutes, and he must reply
- Not allowed to have a pillow or a blanket.
- Not allowed to sleep between 5am and 8pm, with heavy restrictions when he is allowed to sleep.
- Not allowed any substantive exercise.
- No communication allowed beyond a limited list approved by the brig commander. All other letters must be destroyed.
- Not allowed to watch national news.
David House, the MIT researcher who’s been visiting Manning in Quantico, together with Manning’s attorney, reservist Lt Col David Coombs, says Manning is physically and mentally in decline.
On his web page, ”Welcome to the Law Offices of David E. Coombs, established to provide exceptional legal counsel, service, and representation to soldiers”, says Coombs, going on:
“The firm specializes in representing members of the United States Army facing criminal and adverse administrative actions. Mr. Coombs (right) is very serious about his work, and is committed to going above and beyond to help his client-soldiers fight their case. Whether you are facing a simple administrative action or a serious general court-martial, Mr. Coombs has the experience, knowledge, and insight to build a strong, effective, and compelling defense case on your behalf.”
According to Coombs, a typical Quantico day for Manning looks like this, he posted shortly before Christmas >>>
His cell is approximately six feet wide and twelve feet in length.
The cell has a bed, a drinking fountain, and a toilet.
The guards at the confinement facility are professional. At no time have they tried to bully, harass, or embarrass PFC Manning. Given the nature of their job, however, they do not engage in conversation with PFC Manning.
At 5:00 a.m. he is woken up (on weekends, he is allowed to sleep until 7:00 a.m.). Under the rules for the confinement facility, he is not allowed to sleep at anytime between 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. If he attempts to sleep during those hours, he will be made to sit up or stand by the guards.
He is allowed to watch television during the day. The television stations are limited to the basic local stations. His access to the television ranges from 1 to 3 hours on weekdays to 3 to 6 hours on weekends.
He cannot see other inmates from his cell. He can occasionally hear other inmates talk. Due to being a pretrial confinement facility, inmates rarely stay at the facility for any length of time. Currently, there are no other inmates near his cell.
From 7:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m., he is given correspondence time. He is given access to a pen and paper. He is allowed to write letters to family, friends, and his attorneys.
Each night, during his correspondence time, he is allowed to take a 15 to 20 minute shower.
On weekends and holidays, he is allowed to have approved visitors see him from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
He is allowed to receive letters from those on his approved list and from his legal counsel. If he receives a letter from someone not on his approved list, he must sign a rejection form. The letter is then either returned to the sender or destroyed.
He is allowed to have any combination of up to 15 books or magazines. He must request the book or magazine by name. Once the book or magazine has been reviewed by the literary board at the confinement facility, and approved, he is allowed to have someone on his approved list send it to him. The person sending the book or magazine to him must do so through a publisher or an approved distributor such as Amazon. They are not allowed to mail the book or magazine directly to PFC Manning.
Due to being held on Prevention of Injury (POI) watch:
PFC Manning is held in his cell for approximately 23 hours a day.
The guards are required to check on PFC Manning every five minutes by asking him if he is okay. PFC Manning is required to respond in some affirmative manner. At night, if the guards cannot see PFC Manning clearly, because he has a blanket over his head or is curled up towards the wall, they will wake him in order to ensure he is okay.
He receives each of his meals in his cell.
He is not allowed to have a pillow or sheets. However, he is given access to two blankets and has recently been given a new mattress that has a built-in pillow.
He is not allowed to have any personal items in his cell.
He is only allowed to have one book or one magazine at any given time to read in his cell. The book or magazine is taken away from him at the end of the day before he goes to sleep.
He is prevented from exercising in his cell. If he attempts to do push-ups, sit-ups, or any other form of exercise he will be forced to stop.
He does receive one hour of “exercise” outside of his cell daily. He is taken to an empty room and only allowed to walk. PFC Manning normally just walks figure eights in the room for the entire hour. If he indicates that he no long feels like walking, he is immediately returned to his cell.
When PFC Manning goes to sleep, he is required to strip down to his boxer shorts and surrender his clothing to the guards. His clothing is returned to him the next morning.
Also see Manning’s condition ‘deteriorating’
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