Brig boss: Man­ning was closely watched

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

FORT MEADE, MD. — The former head of a Marine Corps brig tes­ti­fied Mon­day that she was shocked when the base com­man­der asked for ad­vance no­tice of any or­ders she planned to give re­gard­ing the con­fine­ment of Pfc. Bradley Man­ning, 24, the sol­dier charged with send­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion to the an­ti­se­crecy web­site Wik­iLeaks.

The re­quest was sur­pris­ing be­cause brig com­man­ders have sole author­ity to de­ter­mine the cus­tody sta­tus of de­tainees, said Chief War­rant Of­fi­cer 2 Denise Barnes, tes­ti­fy­ing on the 10th day of a pre­trial hear­ing at Fort Meade, near Baltimore, to de­ter­mine whether the nine months Man­ning spent in tight con­fine­ment at Quan­tico, Va., amounted to il­le­gal pre­trial pun­ish­ment, pos­si­bly war­rant­ing dis­missal of his case.

Barnes was the 11th of 14 government wit­nesses. Lawyers will make their clos­ing ar­gu­ments to­day.

Barnes tes­ti­fied she never re­ceived any or­ders re­gard­ing Man­ning’s con­fine­ment con­di­tions. He con­tin­ued to be stripped of his un­der­wear at night un­til he was moved to medi­um­se­cu­rity pre­trial con­fine­ment at Fort Leav­en­worth, Kansas, in April 2011.

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