Al Jazeera reports:
The United Nations is looking into a complaint on behalf of a US soldier who is said to have been mistreated while held since May in US army custody pending trial.
Bradley Manning, an army private suspected of giving classified documents to WikiLeaks, the whistleblower website, is being held in solitary confinement at a Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, and faces a court martial sometime in 2011.
The office of Manfred Nowak, the UN special rapporteur on torture in Geneva, received a complaint from one of Manning’s supporters alleging conditions amount to torture. Visitors say he spends at least 23 hours a day alone in a cell.
The UN could ask the US to stop any violations it finds. However, the Pentagon has denied mistreating Manning.
A Marine Corps spokesman says the military is keeping Manning safe, secure and ready for trial.
Manning was charged in July with leaking classified material, including a video posted by WikiLeaks of a 2007 US Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed a Reuters news photographer and his driver.
He is suspected of leaking troves of other material to the government secret-spilling site, which is in the process of posting more than 250,000 secret US State Department cables.
Manning has not commented publicly on whether he is the source of the leaks.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the organisation’s “technology is set up so we don’t know” the sources of the material it gets.
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