Private Bradley Manning who is accused of leaking United States government files to Wikileaks has been found competent to stand trial.
Manning who was held in solitary confinement for 11 months and subjected to treatment that amounted to torture according to some observers was cleared to stand trial by a “panel of experts.”
Manning was earlier put on suicide watch, after Pentagon officials decided he was in danger of harming himself. It is also possible that officials gave that decision in order that the soldier may be kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and stripped naked at night.
Last week Manning was transferred from the strict military facility in Quantico, Virginia, to a prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas following the adverse publicity his treatment was garnering.
Manning's treatment in Quantico was described as “degrading and inhumane” by a group of 250 legal experts. Pentagon officials complained that the public had been fed “misinformation” about Manning's treatment. He wasn't stripped naked they said. He was allowed to wear a 'smock'.
A date for Manning's military show trial has not yet been set.
The chances of Manning receiving a fair hearing are virtually nil. President Obama last week told an attendee at a fundraising event in San Francisco that Mr. Manning “broke the law.” leading to witch hunt against the reporter who filmed the the exchange.