Today, both the NY Times and the LA Times published editorials on the confinement conditions of PFC Bradley Manning, the alleged source of the documents released by WikiLeaks. In the wake of the resignation of former State Department spokesman, P.J. Crowley, both newspapers took the opportunity to question the manner of Manning’s confinement. Crowley was pushed out after referring to DoD’s handling of Manning as “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.”
Manning has been held at the Quantico Marine base in Virginia since July. According to the editorials, Manning has been confined to “maximum custody” and subject to a “prevention of injury” order. The result is that he is kept in his cell 23 hours a day. According to his attorney, he is also denied sheets, forbidden to exercise in his cell and not allowed to sleep between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. There have also been reports that he is forced to strip naked at night.