The Baltimore Sun reports that Breanna Manning (hey, it’s not my fault that he preferred that name and the media isn’t abiding by his wishes) and his lawyers are planning on asking that the charges that he released hundreds of thousands of pages of classified material to the world be dropped;
At Quantico, where Manning was held from July 2010 until April 2011, he was singled out for punishment before his case had been heard, his lawyers say. At Fort Meade this week, they plan to ask a military judge to dismiss all the charges against him.
During Manning’s first five months at Quantico, the lawyers say, he was held in “the functional equivalent of solitary confinement:” Confined to a six-by-eight-foot cell, with no window or natural light, for more than 23 and a half hours each day.
He was awakened at 5 a.m. each morning and required to remain awake until 10 p.m., his lawyers say. He was not permitted to lie on his bed or lean against the cell wall. He was not allowed to exercise in his cell.
Guards were required to check on his well-being every five minutes. If they could not see him _ if he was asleep under his blanket or turned to the wall _ they would wake him.
It sounds to me like they had reason to suspect that he was a suicide risk, and if he’d been successful, we’d still be hearing about it. Funny thing about basic training, though, they woke me at 5 AM and wouldn’t let me sleep until after 10 PM. I wasn’t allowed to lie in my bed or lean on the wall. But they did PT the living shit out of me, so I guess it wasn’t really punishment.
I guess if he gets a life sentence for his treason, Breanna can ask for the time served to be subtracted from his sentence.