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Manning under prevention of 'injury' watch: Pentagon

Bradley Manning, accused of passing classified information to the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, is under prevention of injury watch and is not being humiliated, the Pentagon has said.

world Updated: Mar 15, 2011 15:41 IST

Bradley Manning, accused of passing classified information to the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, is under prevention of injury watch and is not being humiliated, the Pentagon has said.

Pentagon spokesman Col David Lapan told reporters in an off camera briefing that Manning was not subject to humiliation as was being alleged by his attorney.

"He was given the sleeping garment the evening of March 7," Lapan said, adding that his sleeping garments are tear proof and not his undergarments.

"He (Manning) is not currently on suicide watch," Lapan said, adding that his status is being reviewed regularly.

Manning, who recently was charged on 22 counts, is being held in accordance with rules governing all maximum-custody detainees at Quantico, for his protection and the safety of others.

"There was a period of time, for several days, where after making a comment that called into question his personal safety that his undergarments were removed from him at night during the sleeping period. He has since been given a sleeping garment to wear at night," Lapan said.

"During the period that his undergarments were taken from him, he still had bedding, he still had blankets. And he was again in the morning during daylight hours, given his standard issue jumpsuit," the Pentagon spokesman said.

Meanwhile, a number of people held a protest demonstration outside the State Department to protest against Manning's sleeping conditions.