The Army private who told a friend he was responsible for downloading and passing on the government documents that made WikiLeaks famous is being held in solitary confinement 23 hours a day in Quantico, Va., without a pillow or blankets, according to a report from Salon.
In an interview with CBS News last week, a spokesman for his defense fund said Manning's trial is far from getting underway. The Army has to complete a psychological evaluation before pre-trial hearings can begin, and the defense and prosecutors are still in the process of haggling over who will conduct the evaluation.
Manning, 22, has been in Quantico, a high-grade military brig, for five months, and prior to that, he was being held in a military jail in Kuwait for two months, Salon reports.
"Since his arrest in May, Manning has been a model detainee, without any episodes of violence or disciplinary problems," Salon writer Glen Greenwald writes. "He nonetheless was declared from the start to be a 'Maximum Custody Detainee,' the highest and most repressive level of military detention, which then became the basis for the series of inhumane measures imposed on him."
Manning has been denied a pillow or sheets for his bed and, even during the one hour per day he is freed from his cell, he is barred from accessing any news or current events programs, Greenwald writes. Additionally, the brig's medical personnel now administer regular doses of anti-depressants to Manning.