US soldier in WikiLeaks case says he was held in a 'cage'

By REUTERS
November 30, 2012 06:10

FORT MEADE, Md. - A US Army private facing court-martial on suspicion of leaking secret documents to the WikiLeaks website testified on Thursday he was confined to a "cage" in the early days after his arrest in 2010, and thought he would die there.

Bradley Manning, in his first public comments since his arrest in Iraq, said his isolation quickly led to a breakdown, and his military captors eventually put him on suicide watch.

"My nights were my days and my days were my nights," Manning said. "It all blended together after a couple of days."

The low-ranking soldier Manning faces up to life in prison if convicted of charges he played a role in the massive leaking of secrets by WikiLeaks, which stunned governments around the world by publishing intelligence documents and diplomatic cables, mostly in 2010.


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