Following Bradley Manning’s conviction on espionage charges, the US-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) says:

“We stand in solidarity with Bradley Manning and call for the government to take heed and end its assault on the First Amendment.”

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During Bradley Manning’s first five months at Quantico, his lawyers say, he was held in “the functional equivalent of solitary confinement,” confined to a six-by-eight-foot cell for more than 23 and a half hours each day. They say this and other “egregious” conditions amounted to illegal pretrial punishment, in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the U.S. Constitution. They plan to ask a military judge to dismiss all the charges against him.

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