[A-List] Fwd: [R-G] Bradley Manning's health deteriorating in jail, supporters say
Suzanne de Kuyper
suzannedk at gmail.com
Sat Dec 18 00:58:53 MST 2010
Assange should fight for Manning as should we all. Humanity is in the
details and our government is openly aassasinating a true U.S. Patriot, by
starving him of bsic needs.....threatening those who would save him. A
sensationalist message to any other would be patriots. Would do Hitler or
Stalin proud, these governmental acts! We are the details. We the humans.
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Date: Sat, Dec 18, 2010 at 5:26 AM
Subject: [R-G] Bradley Manning's health deteriorating in jail, supporters
To: Suzanne de Kuyper <suzannedk at gmail.com>
Bradley Manning's health deteriorating in jail, supporters say
The intelligence analyst suspected of leaking US diplomatic cables is being
held in solitary confinement
[Photo: Bradley Manning, the suspected WikiLeaks whistleblower.
Photograph: Associated Press Heather Brooke]
Thu 16 Dec 2010 20.50 GMT
As Julian Assange emerged from his nine-day imprisonment, there were renewed
concerns about the physical and psychological health of Bradley Manning, the
former US intelligence analyst suspected of leaking the diplomatic cables at
the centre of the storm.
Manning, who was arrested seven months ago, is being held at a military base
in Virginia and faces a court martial and up to 52 years in prison for his
alleged role in copying the cables.
His friends and supporters also claim they have been the target of
extra-judicial harassment, intimidation and outright bribery by US
According to David House, a computer researcher from Boston who visits
Manning twice a month, he is starting to deteriorate.
"Over the last few weeks I have noticed a steady decline in his mental and
physical wellbeing," he said.
"His prolonged confinement in a solitary holding cell is unquestionably
taking its toll on his intellect; his inability to exercise due to [prison]
regulations has affected his physical appearance in a manner that suggests
physical weakness." Manning, House added, was no longer the
characteristically brilliant man he had been, despite efforts to keep him
He also disputed the authorities' claims that Manning was being kept in
solitary for his own good. "I initially believed that his time in solitary
confinement was a decision made in the interests of his safety," he said.
"As time passed and his suicide watch was lifted, to no effect, it became
clear that his time in solitary – and his lack of a pillow, sheets, the
freedom to exercise, or the ability to view televised current events – were
enacted as a means of punishment rather than a means of safety."
House said many people were reluctant to talk about Manning's condition
because of government harassment, including surveillance, warrantless
computer seizures, and even bribes. "This has had such an intimidating
effect that many are afraid to speak out on his behalf," House said. Some
friends report being followed extensively.
Another computer expert said the army offered him cash to – in his words –
"infiltrate" the WikiLeaks website. He said: "I turned them down. I don't
want anything to do with this cloak and dagger stuff."
When the Washington Post tried to investigate the claim, an army criminal
investigation division spokesman refused to comment. "We've got an ongoing
investigation," he said. "We don't discuss our techniques and tactics."
On 3 November, House, 23, said he found customs agents waiting for him when
he and his girlfriend returned to the US after a short holiday in Mexico.
His bags were searched and two men identifying themselves as Homeland
Security officials said they were being detained for questioning and would
miss their connecting flight.
The men seized all his electronic items and he was told to hand over all
passwords and encryption keys – which he refused. The items have yet to be
returned, said House.
He added: "If Manning is convicted, it will be because his individual
dedication to human ethics far surpasses that of the US government."
House, who met Manning through friends but came to know him only after his
detention, said he was committed to his cause.
"Like many computer scientists, I identify with the open government issues
at the core of this case."
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