Bradley Manning is the soldier accused of the largest leak of state secrets in U.S. history. He was arrested in May 2010 and held under particularly insufferable conditions from July 2010 to April 2011. In a Counterpunch article published on Tuesday, attorney Michael Ratner – President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Julian Assange’s U.S. attorney – described these conditions as:
… the nine-month period spent 23 hours a day in a six-by-eight-foot cell where he was forbidden to lie down or even lean against a wall when he was not sleeping – and when he was allowed to sleep at night, officers woke him every five minutes – and where he was subjected to daily strip searches and forced nudity. The UN Special Rapporteur for Torture has already found this amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and possibly torture.
Earlier this month, Manning offered to plead guilty to…
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