GI’s treatment while in custody is focus of hearing in WikiLeaks case

The Associated Press /


Published Nov 27, 2012 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — An Army private charged in the biggest security breach in U.S. history is trying to avoid trial by claiming he has already been punished enough by being locked up alone in a small cell and having to sleep naked for several nights.

A United Nations investigator called the conditions cruel, inhuman and degrading, but stopped short of calling it torture.

Pfc. Bradley Manning is expected to testify about his treatment during a pretrial hearing Tuesday at Fort Meade. The young intelligence analyst has not spoken publicly about his nearly nine months at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., but he has complained in writing about being confined alone in a 6-by-8-foot cell for at least 23 hours a day. For several days in January 2011, all his clothes were taken from him each night until he was issued a suicide-prevention smock.

The hearing is scheduled to run through Sunday.