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Private Visits With WikiLeaks Suspect Denied

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The lawyer for an Army private suspected of giving classified material to WikiLeaks says the military is refusing to grant his client private jailhouse visits with a U.S. congressman, a United Nations torture investigator and Amnesty International.

Civilian attorney David Coombs blogged on Thursday that military officials say none of these visits with Pfc. Bradley Manning would constitute official government business, so the meetings must be monitored.

Coombs says the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., is breaking ts own rules by denying U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich a private meeting with Manning. The lawyer says members of Congress on official government business aren’t subject to monitoring.

The Ohio Democrat and the other prospective visitors say they want to see if Manning is being mistreated in pretrial confinement.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. sheriffwillie says:

    This is a disgrace. He is being denied due process, he is entitled to this as a U.S.citizen. We’re no better than a banana republic or Somalia.

    1. newgeek says:

      Sheriffwillie must be a moron……the accused is being given due process under the uniform code of military justice…..civilian justice doesn’t apply here…..he’s living under a completely different system…..he doesn’t yet understand and perhaps you don’t either that he committed an act of treason which is punishable by death…..he’s a traitor who probably should be shot!!

  2. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    ANYONE WHO HAS PROUDLY SERVED THIS COUNTRY KNOWS THAT THE UCMJ IS NOT LIKE BEING A CIVILIAN. CODES ARE UPHELD ALONG WITH SWORN OATH AND ARE SUBJECT TO UCMJ.

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