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WikiLeaks suspect Manning to be moved to Fort Leavenworth

U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, suspected of leaking classified information to the WikiLeaks website, is being moved to the Joint Regional Correctional Facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, defense officials said Tuesday, according to CNN. Manning was being held in the brig at Quantico Marine Base south of Washington. There had been a pushby friends and supporters to have his confinement conditions eased. Among those arrested at a demonstration protesting Manning’s conditions last month were Daniel Ellsberg, the 1971 Pentagon Papers leaker and Retired U.S. Army Col. Ann Wright. Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson told reporters that the decision to move Manning is not meant as a criticism of the Quanticofacility and congratulated the military personnel there for the job they did “in difficult circumstances.”Manning’s case – and the details of his detention – drew attention last month in the aftermath of comments by former State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley and his sudden resignation. Amidst reports that Manning had been forced to sleep without clothing and was confined to his cell 23 hours a day, Crowley had criticized how Manning was held at Quantico, calling it “ridiculous and counter-productive and stupid,” according to news reports. He laterstepped down from his post.

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