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Manning’s treatment should ‘shock’ court: lawyer

Evidence showing the mistreatment of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning at a military brig should “shock the conscience” of the court, his lawyer said Thursday.

The US Army soldier accused of handing over a trove of secret documents to the WikiLeaks website was subjected to harsh, “unlawful” conditions for nine months at the brig even though psychiatrists concluded he was not at risk of committing suicide, said David Coombs, his defense counsel.

Manning was placed under “maximum custody” at the US Marine Corps Brig in Quantico, Virginia as “the result of a direct order” from a commanding officer, witnessed by two colonels, Coombs alleged at a pre-trial hearing.