David Coombs, civilian legal counsel for accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower PFC Bradley Manning, has published the “Article 13” motion that in July he said would “shock the conscience of the court.” This document not only reveals new details about PFC Manning’s brutal conditions at the Quantico Marine Brig in Virginia, but the shocking revelation that a three-star General, far removed from the brig, ordered this illegal treatment. Coombs writes that new emails show two different brig commanders then carried out these unlawful orders in clear violation of Article 13 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice which prohibits pre-trial confinement conditions “any more rigorous” than the minimum needed to ensure the accused appears for court hearings. Mr. Coombs will argue this motion for dismissal of all charges, based on these military law violations at a critical October 1-5 pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland.
For more on this story, visit: Evidence Shows Three-Star General Ordered Unlawful, Brutal Treatment of PFC Bradley Manning | Common Dreams.
David Coombs claims in Article 13 motion that WikiLeaks suspect is being punished through ‘degradation’ and ‘humiliation’
Matt Williams in New York
The harsh conditions forced upon Bradley Manning in military detention have been laid out in detail as part of a court filing in which the US army is accused of a “flagrant violation” of his right not to be punished prior to trial.
The Article 13 motion, published Friday by Manning’s civilian lawyer David Coombs on his website, claims that Manning, who is accused of leaking state secrets to WikiLeaks, was held in a 6×8 ft cell for 23 to 24 hours a day. In addition, when not sleeping, Manning was banned from lying down, or even using a wall to support him.
For more on this story, visit: Bradley Manning treatment in ‘flagrant violation’ of military code – lawyer | World news | guardian.co.uk.