Saturday, October 22, 2011

Bradley Manning

A UN expert says he’s had “productive conversations” with American officials about the detention of Bradley Manning, but would not say if the conditions of that detention violated international standards.

UN Special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez says he will be releasing a report on Manning’s detention in the coming weeks.

“On the one hand he is no longer in solitary confinement, although he spent something like eight months in solitary confinement. But when he was moved to Fort Leavenworth his regime changed.” Mendez told reporters today. “On a daily basis he does communicate and socialize with other inmates in his same category which is a big improvement over the first 8 months.”

Mendez says he is following developments in the case closely, despite being refused a confidential meeting with the alleged Wikileaks source. He said the US Defense Department agreed to let him visit Manning but would not guarantee the conversation would be private.

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I wonder what would have happened to Manning had there not been continued pressure on the government over his treatment.

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