US soldier accused in Wikileaks case stripped, left naked in military cell: Lawyer

March 4th, 2011 - 2:07 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, March 4 (ANI): The lawyer of Bradley Manning, the US Army Private accused of sharing classified documents with WikiLeaks, has claimed that his client was stripped of his clothes and left naked in a cell for seven hours.

David E. Coombs wrote about the incident at the Quantico Marine base in Virginia, where Pfc Bradley Manning has been held since July, news.com.au reports.

“This type of degrading treatment is inexcusable and without justification. It is an embarrassment to our military justice system and should not be tolerated. Pfc Manning has been told that the same thing will happen to him again tonight. No other detainee at the brig is forced to endure this type of isolation and humiliation,” Coombs wrote.

He said that the incident happened on Wednesday and Manning’s clothes were returned to him yesterday morning after he had taken part in a naked inspection outside his cell.

A Marine spokesman, Lieutenant Brian Villiard, has confirmed that the incident did take place, but refused to elaborate it citing Manning’s right to privacy.

“It would be inappropriate for me to explain it. I can confirm that it did happen, but I can’t explain it to you without violating the detainee’s privacy,” Lieutenant Villiard added.

On Wednesday, the United Stated had filed 22 additional charges against Manning.

After a seven-month investigation, the Army alleged that 23-year-old Manning had used the government property to extract confidential information and share it with the enemy for public consumption, a statement from the military said. (ANI)

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