TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

WikiLeaks case continues; Manning will get any sentence reduced because of mistreatment in confinement

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Washington Post
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, 10:12 p.m.
 

A military judge refused Tuesday to toss out the case against WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, but ruled that any sentence the Army private receives should be reduced by 112 days because of his mistreatment in confinement.

Manning's confinement at a military jail in Quantico, Va., was “more rigorous than necessary,” said Army Col. Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over the hearing at Fort Meade, Md. They “became excessive in relation to legitimate government interests.”

Nonetheless, she said, “dismissal of charges is not appropriate” and would be fitting only in the case of “outrageous” conduct.

Prospects for Lind dismissing the case were considered slim. Manning, an Oklahoma native who lived briefly in Potomac, Md., faces a court-martial in March on charges of leaking hundreds of thousands of sensitive government documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

He faces 22 charges, including espionage and aiding the enemy, and could receive a life sentence.

The government conceded at a pretrial hearing last month that Manning had been improperly held on suicide watch for seven days and should receive seven days off any sentence.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. A revolt is growing as more people refuse to pay back student loans
  2. Indiana officials try to quell backlash over religious freedom law
  3. Music festivals say ‘no’ to fans’ selfie sticks
  4. Girl, 10, killed in Youngstown blaze was linked to rape case
  5. FBI agent, 2 others sentenced in contractor kickback scheme in Utah
  6. Florida church bus crash kills 8
  7. Federal agents charged with plundering online drug bazaar Silk Road
  8. Supreme Court allows Obamacare’s Medicare costs board to stand
  9. Defense mounted in Boston bombing
  10. U.S. parks cope with aging visitor base
  11. Cause unknown for attack on NSA gates by 2 men dressed as women