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article imageBradley Manning’s British mother appeals to UK Foreign Secretary

By Andrew John     Apr 26, 2011 in World
The British mother of Bradley Manning – the US soldier accused of leaking sensitive military information – has made an appeal to the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague.
Susan Manning, from Haverfordwest in West Wales, is concerned about the treatment Manning has been receiving since his incarceration nearly a year ago on suspicion of having given material to the WikiLeaks website. She visited him in the Marine Corps Brig at Quantico in February. He has since been transferred to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where he is said to have more recreation time and the ability to mix with other pre-trial detainees.
A pre-trial hearing for Manning is expected in May or June this year.
The Haverfordwest-based Western Telegraph quotes Susan Manning as saying: “I was very distressed by seeing Bradley. Being in prison, and being held in the conditions which he is, is having a damaging effect on him physically and mentally.
“I am worried that his condition is getting worse. I would like someone to visit him who can check on his conditions.”
President Barack Obama recently appeared to convict Manning before his trial, when he said on April 21 that the 23-year-old “broke the law.” This has angered Veterans for Peace, who said Obama’s statement cast doubt on whether Manning can now receive a fair trial.
Elliott Adams, president of Veterans for Peace, told World News: “Members of the military are trained to follow orders. President Obama is the commander of all armed forces.
Innocent until proven guilty
“Any officer who wants to advance in his military career would be wise not to contradict their commander-in-chief, especially after the military's brutal treatment of Manning this past year. The President seems to have forgotten what he taught his constitutional law classes about being innocent until proven guilty.”
Adams said the US government had already violated Manning’s rights by keeping him in solitary confinement since his arrest last May, “and the President bears ultimate responsibility for the abusive treatment Manning has endured since July 2010 at Quantico Marine Base.”
In the video clip above, Obama makes his claim about 47 seconds in.
Manning had first been detained in Kuwait, and then transferred last July to Quantico.
Manning’s confinement has sparked protests in several countries, including the UK, where a vigil was held outside the US Embassy in London in March. Before his transfer to Fort Leavenworth, he was believed to be held in a cell just 12 feet by 6 feet without windows, with only one hour a day allowed out for exercise.
Manning was turned in by a computer hacker, Adrian Lamo, in whom he had confided. Lamo reported to the FBI that the young data analyst had told him online in May 2010 that he had downloaded material from SIPRNet and passed it to WikiLeaks.
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