Judge Awards Wikileaks Soldier Bradley Manning Sentencing Credit, Deems Pretrial Conditions ‘Excessive’

The judge in the trial of Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning, who faces 22 counts including aiding the enemy for his role in the release of classified information, awarded him nearly four months of credit off any sentence he might receive because of the way he has been treated in confinement, the AP reports:

ManningCol. Denise Lind made the ruling during a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade for Pfc. Bradley Manning. Lind found that Manning suffered illegal pretrial punishment during nine months in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. She awarded a total of 112 days off any prison sentence Manning gets if he is convicted.

Manning was confined to a windowless cell 23 hours a day, sometimes with no clothing. Brig officials say it was to keep him from hurting himself or others.

The judge said that Manning's confinement was "more rigorous than necessary." She added that the conditions "became excessive in relation to legitimate government interests."

Manning's trial begins on March 6.


  1. tom says

    i am not completly certain as to the list of charges and or why he did what he did…but i do remember it was or seemed to me he was actually (very stupidly) trying to do something right,but very misguided. either way it seems because of what he did and because he is gay his treatment had been horrificaly abuseive and out of line for any prisoner…we are hearing way too many accounts of prisoner abuse in the usa for all kinds of reasons,none of which are good enough under any circumstance..it is going to become and should be a national shame and tragedy!

  2. nonapologies says

    He was trying to report on war crimes. In fact, something similar happened with the vietnam war. Except that guy wasn’t prosecuted since it was understood, as is the case now, that there was nothing particularly criminal about trying to bring out evidence of war crimes.

  3. LincolnLounger says

    Voluntary service in the military is not the place for political activism. He betrayed his country and bragged about it. He should be in Guantanamo. A lower level officer is not qualified to determine what leaks harm the country and which ones do not.

    Traitor trash, indeed.

  4. Costa says

    He did not betray his country. He was trying to draw attention to those in the military who had betrayed their country, by committing such war crimes.

    ‘Voluntary service in the military is not the place for political activism’? I think whenever you see a frikking war crime being committed, that that is the place for political activism.

    (and on a separate bent: even if what he did was illegal, there are still rules on how you treat those suspected of committing a crime. Those rules weren’t followed in Manning’s case. )It’s a bit rich for people to be claiming that Manning broke the military’s rules, if the military are more than willing to break them themselves).

  5. says

    can any of you sack-less cowards who are calling Manning “traitor trash” specifically and explicitly list and explain exactly what he did that was traitorous, and what specific harm it caused to americans?

    because, you know, Bush admin dunces exposed Valerie Plame out of bitterness and spite and that had some pretty damn huge actual ramifications. and they all got a pass.

    so, i hear you. you commented. your lil’wee fingers typed angrily.

    now i’m asking you to list the specifics of what manning did that you feel makes him a traitor.

    have at it, plebes.

  6. EchtKultig says

    I’m between the extreme of those who think he’s a traitor (who remind me of the butler in Gosford Park) and those who call him a hero. He’s neither. He was a young, naive, “stupid kid” who should never have been put into a position with access to anything sensitive. The bigger story is that there were plenty of signs he was not stable or mature enough to have a security clearance; we are yet to hear of any of his superiors having been reprimanded for that. Likewise, the security in the SCIF where he transferred the controversial video was not adequate. I’ve worked in such facilities and that it was possible for him to copy a file like that indicates appalling laxness. It wasn’t really a SCIF if that was going on.

  7. Mark says

    Nobody is questioning he did wrong, but looking back, what kind of harm did he make?, did he affected irreversibly the interests of the United States?…nothing happened, or changed, but instead the punishmente he was subjected was not only brutal and excessive, but illegal, and it was the goverment applying it, that is more serious than he did

  8. Marty says

    It actually doesn’t matter if he actually did any harm. For many crimes, you don’t actually have to complete the crime to be charged. If I shoot you and miss, I can’t say “well, nobody actually got hurt”. It’s the INTENT to commit the crime that matters here and in many other crimes. He INTENDED TO LEAK DOCUMENTS that he SHOULD RIGHTLY have know COULD have damaged the nation. The fact that they did not is not necessarily legally relevant. Read some law folks.

  9. Paul R says

    He was too low level to leak any critical information. For some reason he still bugs me, mainly because of his association with Julian Assange, but that doesn’t justify abusive treatment.

  10. Paul says

    He is a threat to those wishing to hide their own nefarious conduct from the world. That is why he was allowed to be treated so poorly. His actions help to expose the deceit and utter corruption of the system. He and Assange are trying to wake the world up to what’s really going on, no matter the scope or reach. Manning will be looked at as a hero later on down the line.

  11. Brian in Texas says

    At the end of the day Bradley Manning did this to himself. His treatment may have been harsh, but there is no evidence that his sexuality or gender identity played any role in the treatment he received.

    He should have just done his job or QUIT.

  12. Disgusted American says

    …and In the Meantime – THOSE BAnkers on WALL STREET who Practically Destroyed Our’s and the world’s economy get Bonuses and walk SCOTT FREE!

  13. ratbastard says

    Just bring him to trial already. He did a very foolish thing. He obviously has serious mental health issues since probably childhood. Someone like him should have of course been flagged by his superiors long before he the opportunity to do what he did. How many brass have been appropriately punished for their involvement or lack of involvement and negligence in this case? Manning is a phuking corporal or was. Why aren’t the hotshot officers and civilian suits who designed the system that allowed him to do what he did receiving high profile accounting?

  14. says

    so the greedy white-collar criminals of wall street dont’ need to be punished.

    and the Bush Amdin folks who outed CIA operative Valerie Plame don’t need to be punished.

    but this man does, despite the fact that not one piece of “damaging and harmful to americans” info was leaked?

    oh come ON, Blanche…

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