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  Bradley Manning wins support from Welsh MP and friends
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Last EditedNew Jerusalem  Mar 19, 2011 10:58am
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News DateSaturday, March 19, 2011 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCampaigners from Wales are travelling to London to protest over the alleged treatment of a US army private accuses of leaking confidential papers.

Bradley Manning, who attended secondary school in Pembrokeshire, faces scores of charges over the documents handed to the Wikileaks website.

But there has been mounting concern about the conditions he is being held in at a military prison.

Cynon Valley MO Ann Clwyd tabled a Commons' motion on the issue last week.

"I think it is a serious case," she told BBC Wales.

"He's being held in solitary confinement, he's kept in his cell for 23 hours a day, not allowed to exercise, he's stripped of all his clothes during the night, he is not permitted to sleep during the day.

"Organisations like Amnesty International have already put out several press releases saying that Manning is being subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment."

In her early day motion, Ms Clwyd calls on the UK government to raise the issue with US counterparts, and to ensure the soldier's "detention conditions are humane" at the US Quantico marine base.

She added: "While I consider myself a friend of the Americans, I think it ill becomes them to treat one of their own soldiers in this way before he has been convicted, before he has been tried."

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