UN torture investigator slams US for denying him access to Bradley Manning

A United Nations special rapporteur on torture claims US authorities refused to give him access to Army Private Bradley Manning, 23, the lone soldier accused of leaking secret files to WikiLeaks.

Juan Mendez, the UN representative on torture, said he had visited numerous other nations where he’d been allowed unmonitored communications with prisoners. The US Department of Defense on Friday, however, denied his request to visit with Manning, saying he may not speak with the soldier unless a government monitor is present — via luckydog.newsvine.com

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