Britain to reassert worries about WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning’s treatment – The Washington Post

British diplomats said Tuesday that they will restate to the State Department their concerns about the U.S. military’s treatment of Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, the soldier who is accused of supplying confidential diplomatic files to the WikiLeaks Web site.

Britain’s Foreign Office said that after a late-night debate in the House of Commons on Monday, it would instruct officials at the British Embassy in Washington to reiterate their concerns.

Manning, 23, has been detained in the brig at Quantico Marine Corps Base since his arrest in May. He is held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and is forced to surrender his clothing each night and wear a “smock” to bed.

Manning’s attorney has written on his blog that Manning, despite having a Welsh mother, does not hold a British passport or consider himself British.

“It is clear that he neither is asking for our help, nor considering himself to be British,” the Foreign Office minister, Henry Bellingham, said in Monday’s parliamentary debate. Still, he noted, under British law, Manning is “British by descent.”

He noted that President Obama had reported receiving assurances that Manning’s treatment is “appropriate” and meets “basic standards,” but he emphasized that conditions “must meet international standards.”

Ann Clwyd, the Labor lawmaker who raised the issue in Parliament, said in an interview that Manning’s treatment “is appalling, and you know, unless we complain about it, we’re acquiescing.”

via Britain to reassert worries about WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning’s treatment – The Washington Post.

Well finally, Britain grew some balls when it came to interacting with the US. It may be too little, too late in the case of Manning (whose mind is almost undoubtedly scrambled by this point thanks to his inhumane “treatment” for nearly a year), but it is at least a nice gesture/precedent to set to future American decision makers…


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