Although he wanted photographic evidence, he was only doing so on Bawney Fwank’s behalf.
Add President Barack Obama to the list of people asking why an Army soldier accused of leaking classified information is being required to strip naked on a nightly basis at a Marine Corps brig.
Private Bradley Manning has formally complained that guards at the brig in Quantico, Va. have harassed him, and commanders there have punished him since he was placed in custody in July. Manning, 25, faces a possible court martial for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of military reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.
Earlier this month, guards began demanding that he strip off all his clothes at night. Defense officials have suggested that the measure was needed to keep Manning from attempting suicide. But Manning’s official complaint notes that Navy psychiatrists who have examined him don’t believe he’s a suicide risk.
When asked about Manning’s treatment at a news conference Friday, Obama said he looked into the matter himself.
“I have actually asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of his confinement are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards,” the president answered. “They assured me that they are.”