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Monday 21 April 2014

WikiLeaks soldier made jail noose

Bradley Manning, the US soldier charged with leaking classified material to WikiLeaks, has spoken of making a noose while he awaited trial

A US soldier charged with leaking classified material to WikiLeaks says he tied a bedsheet into a noose while considering suicide in detention as he awaited trial.

Bradley Manning was testifying during a pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland, his first public comments since his 2010 arrest.

He is seeking dismissal of his case, claiming he was illegally punished by being held for nine months in restrictive conditions designed to prevent self-harm.

Manning testified under cross-examination that he made the noose in Kuwait before he was moved to a Marine Corps brig in Virginia.

He arrived at the brig classified as a suicide risk. Eight days later, he was upgraded to the less restrictive "prevention of injury" status.

Manning maintains that neither designation was appropriate because he did not feel like hurting himself after leaving Kuwait.

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