A U.S. soldier accused of leaking classified material to WikiLeaks is suffering psychologically and physically due to inhumane treatment at a Marine Corps brig, one of the few people who visits him regularly charged Thursday.Read the rest here.
David House, an MIT software researcher, told "The Dylan Ratigan Show" guest host Jonathan Capehart on msnbc cable television that Pfc. Bradley Manning has big bags under his eyes, is weak from lack of exercise and has difficulty keeping up with some conversational topics.
House rebutted claims by the Pentagon that Manning under "maximum custody" is in a standard single-person cell and gets exercise, recreation, and access to newspapers and visitors. The Pentagon issued the statement Dec. 17 in response to reports by salon.com's Glenn Greenwood and others that Manning is virtually in solitary confinement while awaiting possible court martial.
House, 23, appeared on the cable TV show Thursday after posting a lengthy blog on firedoglake.com calling the Pentagon's "public spin from last week sharply contradicts the reality" of Manning's confinement.
House said Manning told him during his Dec. 18 visit that he has never been allowed newspapers during his five months at Quantico.
Manning, 23, is kept in his 64-square-foot cell 23 hours a day, gets a wakeup call daily at 5 a.m., is barred from exercising in his cell, gets to walk in chains an hour a day in and indoor room and is not allowed to sleep between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Manning is an American Citizen. That means that he is entitled to his day in court and a presumption of innocence until he is convicted. Nor should he be treated cruelly. That said, if he is found guilty of what he is accused of, he should be jailed for the rest of his life. The military can not function on an "I will obey orders and keep military secrets if I feel like it" basis. What he allegedly did has caused really serious damage to the armed forces, and arguably has endangered lives. So yea. Give him his day in court. But if he is guilty... NO QUARTER.