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UN Envoy Accuses U.S. Of Treating WikiLeaks Defendant Inhumanely

The United Nation's special rapporteur on torture has accused the U.S. government of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of the U.S. soldier accused of passing confidential documents to WikiLeaks, according to a report in "The Guardian" newspaper.

Bradley Manning was in solitary confinement for almost a year of pretrial detention, at times forced to strip naked and endure freezing temperatures.

A 14-month investigation by the UN's Juan Menendez concluded U.S. authorities likely violated the Geneva Convention Against Torture, the paper says.

Menendez wrote that "imposing seriously punitive conditions of detention" on someone not found guilty of any crime is "a violation of his right to physical and psychological integrity" and his presumption of innocence.

The Pentagon maintains its treatment of Manning did not violate international law.

Manning was arrested in 2010 at a base near Baghdad where he was an intelligence analyst.

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