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Media to Tour Manning Prison

Media to Tour Manning Prison


Army officials will allow media to tour the military prison in Kansas where they are holding Pfc. Bradley Manning, the gay intelligence officer suspected of illegally passing U.S. government secrets to the WikiLeaks website.

Manning was transferred to the facility last week from Quantico, where it was alleged he was being abused and mistreated.

An Army spokesman said the tour would allow members of the media to see the conditions under which the Army will be holding Manning at the military's medium-security prison at Fort Leavenworth.

"Clearly, Pfc. Manning is an unusual circumstance," Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins said.

Manning is suspected of having obtained classified documents while he was serving as an intelligence expert in Iraq. He is currently undergoing observation while the Army decides whether he's mentally competent to stand trial.

Manning faces nearly two dozen charges, including aiding the enemy, a crime that can be punishable with the death penalty.

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