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'UN to probe US torture of Manning'
« on: December 24, 2010, 06:49:38 AM »
'UN to probe US torture of Manning'




http://www.presstv.ir/detail/156917.html

The UN's top anti-torture envoy is to investigate the purported US torture of an American soldier who is accused of leaking top military secrets to whistleblower website WikiLeaks.


The office of Manfred Nowak, the UN special rapporteur on torture in Geneva, is to look into a complaint alleging that US army Private Bradley Manning has been kept under torture conditions for months at a US military camp in Virginia, US media outlets reported on Thursday.

The UN could ask the United States to stop any violations it finds.

Manning was charged in July with leaking classified government documents, including footage of a 2007 US Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed a Reuters news photographer and his driver.

He also faces accusations of leaking other materials, including secret US State Department cables to WikiLeaks.

Supporters say that the US soldier has been subjected to inhumane, personality-erasing, soul-destroying, insanity-inducing conditions of isolation for many months.

He faces a military court-martial on charges of providing WikiLeaks with classified information in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Manning has not commented publicly on the accusations.

In a recent interview with MSNBC television network, WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange called Manning a political prisoner and charged that the US is trying to get the soldier to testify against him.

"If we are to believe the allegations, then this man acted for political reasons. He is a political prisoner in the United States. He has not gone to trial. He has been a political prisoner without trial in the United States for some six or seven months," Assange said.

Assange also expressed uncertainty about Manning's alleged involvement in leaking the documents, arguing that his website's technology is set to protect sources' identities.

The US Department of Defense has denied that Manning has been tortured.


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Re: 'UN to probe US torture of Manning'
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2010, 02:16:59 PM »
Contrary to what the popular MSM (including blogs) are reporting, & what I initially believed, Manning was an "angry, Lady Gaga-worshipping gay" who wanted revenge against the "homophobic" US military.

Apparently, this is not entirely true. It's an easy scapegoat (gay rights blogs are hailing him as a hero), but his own words indicate he did it for far more scrupulous reasons. And his rights are being violated. Remember, this is the man who released the video of his fellow soldiers killing Iraqis for sport, the video that propelled Wikileaks into the spotlight.

His own words: The Inhumane Conditions of Bradley Manning's Detention

                          Manning Speaks About His Conditions


A Typical Day for PFC Bradley Manning

Us Offers Bradley Manning Plea Bargain If He Names Julian Assange

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Re: 'UN to probe US torture of Manning'
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2010, 03:21:10 PM »
Contrary to what the popular MSM (including blogs) are reporting, & what I initially believed, Manning was an "angry, Lady Gaga-worshipping gay" who wanted revenge against the "homophobic" US military.

Ugh...should be "was NOT".   :P

Assange denies knowledge of Manning

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The US Department of Defense has denied that Manning has been tortured.

The US' definition of "torture" is subject to modification depending on the situation & people involved.