UN torture sleuth raps US on access to WikiLeaks suspect

July 12, 2011 21:56

GENEVA - The UN torture investigator said on Tuesday that the United States had violated UN rules by refusing to let him speak privately to Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking secret documents to WikiLeaks.

Juan Mendez, UN special rapporteur on torture, said that unmonitored one-on-one meetings with detainees in custody worldwide were the only way he could conduct credible inquiries into allegations of mistreatment.

The US government had told him after months of negotiations that he could visit Manning, now held at Fort Leavenworth military base in Kansas, but that their conversation would be monitored, Mendez said in a statement.

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