Remember how we all speculated that Breanna Manning has probably given his jailers reason to believe he was suicidal and that’s why they treated him like they did? Like wrapping him in scratchy blankets, and taking away everything that he could kill himself with? Well, according to a link from the Associated Press, sent to us by TSO, that’s exactly what he did.
The Army private charged with handing over reams of classified material to WikiLeaks acknowledged Friday that he tied a bedsheet into a noose and contemplated suicide shortly after his arrest.
The pretrial testimony appeared to support the military’s argument that it was trying to protect Pfc. Bradley Manning from harming himself by keeping him in strict isolation, taking away his clothes and shackling him when he was outside his cell.
Yeah, so trying to make a noose out of your bed clothes and threatening to hang yourself with your Lion King Underoos gets uncomfortable when people don’t want you to kill yourself. I guess this revelation makes his lawyer and the Code Pink/VFP folks look pretty stupid for all of their hand-wringing about torture.
“I certainly made a noose,” the former intelligence analyst said. “The sheet noose in particular.”
When he was transferred to the brig at Quantico in July 2010, he said, he wrote on his intake form that he was “always planning and never acting” upon suicidal thoughts. He was classified a suicide risk for eight days, then was upgraded to the less-restrictive “prevention of injury” status.