Friday, April 22, 2011
A new jail for Bradley Manning – but the controversy rages on
By Rupert Cornwell in Washington, The Independent, Apr 21, 2011
GETTY IMAGES Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern has been a high-profile critic of Bradley Manning’s treatment
Private Bradley Manning left his tiny cell in a United States Marine Corps prison for a long-term military detention centre in Kansas yesterday, as the Pentagon tried to cut short a deepening controversy that was turning into a stain on the reputation of Barack Obama’s administration.The transfer of Pte Manning, suspected of leaking thousands of classified cables to the WikiLeaks website, from the Marine brig at Quantico, Virginia, where he has been held since last June, to the main Army prison at Fort Leavenworth, was hastily announced by senior Defence Department officials on Tuesday evening. In the last few months, the harsh detention conditions of Pte Manning, as yet convicted of no crime and whose trial appears to be months away, have generated bewilderment and mounting anger in the US and abroad.