WikiLeaks suspect to join other inmates

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the WikiLeaks suspect, has passed the lengthy physical and psychiatric evaluation given to new inmates at the Kansas military prison where he was recently moved and will begin living with other medium-security inmates who are also awaiting trial, the prison commander said Thursday.

During a media tour of the Fort Leavenworth prison, Lt. Col. Dawn Hilton, without referring to Manning specifically, said inmates who are considered a danger to themselves or others are not placed with the general prison population.

The new detention conditions would represent a marked change for Manning, who was transferred to Fort Leavenworth last week from the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., where he had been held since his arrest last year. There, Manning was locked alone in his cell for 23 hours a day and had to surrender his clothes at night in favor of a suicide-prevention smock.

Manning's attorney and supporters called the conditions inhumane and needlessly harsh.

At the Fort Leavenworth prison, Manning will be housed with about 10 other pretrial inmates. He will have his own cell, be issued standard prison clothing and have access to a communal area except for the "lights out" period overnight.

Manning is accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of documents to the antisecrecy website WikiLeaks, including Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and confidential State Department cables.

WikiLeaks suspect to join other inmates 04/28/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2011 11:54pm]

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