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Chelsea Manning Tortured According to the UN | TIME ONLINE

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The Special Rapporteur on Torture United Nations (UN), Nils Melzer, has criticized the detention conditions of US whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The treatment of Manning in custody fulfills "all the constitutive elements of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment," wrote Melzer in a letter to the US government, initially about the Germany radio had reported.

In the letter, the special rapporteur asks for more information about Manning's placement and expresses general concerns about the detention. Such practices are incompatible with the United States' international human rights obligations, Melzer wrote. The letter is dated November 1st, but has only recently become known.

The former WikiLeaks informant Chelsea Manning was arrested in 2010 and sentenced to 35 years in prison for espionage in August 2013. She was released early in 2017 by a decree of grace from the then US President Barack Obama.

The unveiling platform WikiLeaks published hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. military documents on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011, as well as confidential diplomatic dispatches. The source was Manning, who was still a soldier before the gender reassignment, who downloaded the material from military computers and played WikiLeaks.

In early March 2019, Manning was put on trial for refusing to appear before the Grand Jury against WikiLeaks founders Julian Assange testify. When the panel's session ended in May, she was initially released. She was arrested again a week later. Manning is in a prison in Alexandria, Virginia, according to the UN.

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