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Pentagon Snubs Leaker’s Lawyers

Posted By admin On June 20, 2010 @ 5:48 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Philip Shenon
Daily Beast [1]
June 20, 2010

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hired lawyers to represent the Army intel analyst accused of leaking State Dept. secrets. But the Pentagon sent them away. Philip Shenon reports on WikiLeaks concerns about Bradley Manning’s treatment in custody—and the video of a U.S. massacre in Afghanistan, coming as soon as next week.

The secretive whisteblowing website WikiLeaks said Friday night that its founder, Julian Assange, had hired private criminal defense lawyers to represent the 22-year-old Army intelligence specialist accused of providing WikiLeaks with highly classified combat videos from Iraq and Afghanistan.

But Birgitta Jonsdottir, a parliamentarian in Iceland who acts as a spokeswoman for the website, said in a telephone interview from Reykjavik that the Pentagon had refused this week to allow the lawyers to meet the Army intel analyst, Bradley Manning.

Jonsdottir said Assange had hired private lawyers several days ago because of growing alarm that the accused whistleblower is being mistreated by the Defense Department.

Manning, who has been assigned military counsel, is reported to be in custody in Kuwait and has not been heard from publicly since he was arrested three weeks ago.

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[1] Daily Beast: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-06-18/wikileaks-/

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[3] Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Hunted By Pentagon Over Massive Leak: http://www.prisonplanet.com/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-hunted-by-pentagon-over-massive-leak.html

[4] O’Reilly: WikiLeaks Leakers Are Traitors, Should Be Executed Or Spend Life In Jail (VIDEO): http://www.prisonplanet.com/oreilly-wikileaks-leakers-are-traitors-should-be-executed-or-spend-life-in-jail-video.html

[5] US Government Attempting To Link Bradley Manning to Osama bin Laden: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-government-attempting-to-link-bradley-manning-to-osama-bin-laden.html

[6] Assange Lawyers Harassed By Security Services: http://www.prisonplanet.com/assange-lawyers-harassed-by-security-services.html

[7] Wikileaks Afghan Massacre Video Coming Soon: http://www.prisonplanet.com/wikileaks-afghan-massacre-video-coming-soon.html

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