Wikileaks informant Bradley Manning admits he tied a sheet into a noose and considered suicide during confinementWikileaks
informant testified about the treatment he received both in Kuwait
holding area and once he returned to Virginia in the U.S.
Told court 'I'm going to die, I'm stuck inside this cage'Said he was increasingly 'hopeless' and considered suicide

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An Army private charged with leaking classified material to WikiLeaks
said Friday that he tied a bedsheet into a noose while considering
suicide during his pretrial confinement in Kuwait.

Pfc. Bradley Manning testified on the fourth day of a pretrial
hearing at Fort Meade near Baltimore.

Manning testified under
cross-examination that he made the noose in Kuwait before he was moved
to a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va.

Goal: Manning is trying to avoid trial in the WikiLeaks case by arguing he was punished enough when he was locked up alone in a small cell for nearly nine months at a brig in Quantico, Virginia, and had to sleep naked for several nights

Goal: Manning said his pre-trial punishment was so severe he fashioned a noose and considered suicide

He claims that his treatment
later at Quantico was so harsh that the charges against him should be
dismissed.

He arrived at Quantico classified as a suicide risk. Eight days
later, he was upgraded to the less-restrictive “prevention of injury”
status.

Manning maintains that neither designation was appropriate because he didn't feel like hurting himself after leaving Kuwait.

Under questioning by prosecutor Maj. Ashden Fein, Manning said that
upon arrival at Quantico in July 2010, he was told he would be processed
into the brig as a suicide risk.

He said he noted on his intake form
that he had considered suicide.

He also wrote on the form that he was 'always planning and never acting' upon suicidal thoughts.

In court Thursday he talked about his feelings while being held.

'I was in a pretty stressed
situation…I was getting very little information' from his attorney
while he was being held, he said, noting that he felt increasingly
‘hopeless’.

He said he remembers thinking 'I'm going to die, I'm stuck inside this cage.'

'I had pretty much given up. My world had
just shrunk,' Manning said, explaining how he had suicidal thoughts
while being held by authorities.'I totally started to fall apart.'

I
was in a pretty stressed situation…I was getting very little
information' from his attorney while he was being held, he said, noting
that he felt increasingly ‘hopeless’.

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was in a pretty stressed situation…I was getting very little
information' from his attorney while he was being held, he said, noting
that he felt increasingly ‘hopeless’.

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In January 2011, after complaining about his custody classification,
Manning met with a board of officers that made custody status
recommendations.

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Bradley Manning testified about the treatment he received during his two-years in prison

On the stand: Bradley Manning testified about the treatment he received during his two-years in prison

Controversial: Supporters stood outside the Maryland military courthouse where he was due to appear Tuesday

Controversial: Supporters stood outside the Maryland military courthouse where he was due to appear Tuesday

He said when he was asked about the statement on his
intake form about planning and never acting, he told the board that he
might have lied.

'I did say it might have been a sarcastic answer,' Manning said. 'I
told them today, the end of January 2011, I'm not suicidal. I'm not
trying to harm myself or anything like that.'

The testimony marked the first time military prosecutors went face-to-face with Manning.

He spoke publicly Thursday for the first time since his May 2010
arrest, saying he got so used to leg irons and being locked up 23 hours a
day that when he was finally transferred to medium-security confinement
at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in April 2011, he felt uneasy moving freely
around the cell block.

'There was the sense of, 'OK, I know they're going to put the hammer
down on me soon,'' Manning said near the end of his five hours on the
witness stand.

Besides being classified 'maximum custody,' Manning was subjected to
additional restraints during his nine months at Quantico.

Commanders
maintained the extra restrictions despite repeated recommendations by
brig psychiatrists that they be eased.

Make or break: If a judge rules he was tortured then the entire trial could be abandoned, though that is not expected to happen

Make or break: If a judge rules he was tortured then the entire trial could be abandoned, though that is not expected to happen

They included scratchy,
suicide-prevention bedding and sometimes having all his clothing,
eyeglasses and reading material removed from his cell.

The military contends the treatment was proper.

At one point during his testimony Thursday, Manning donned a
dark-green, suicide-prevention smock resembling an oversized tank top
made of stiff, thick fabric.

He said it was similar to one he was issued
in March 2011, several days after Quantico jailers started requiring
him to surrender all his clothing and eyeglasses each night as a
suicide-prevention measure.

This occurred after he told them — out of
frustration, he said — that if he really wanted to hurt himself, he
could have done so with his underwear waistband or flip-flops.

The 5-foot-3 soldier looked youthful in his dark-blue dress uniform,
close-cropped hair and rimless eyeglasses.

He was animated, often
speaking in emphatic bursts, swiveling in the witness chair and
gesturing with his hands.

Also Thursday, the military judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, accepted
the terms under which Manning may plead guilty to eight of the 22
charges he faces.

Coombs revealed the plea offer in early November,
saying it would enable Manning to take responsibility for sending U.S.
secrets to WikiLeaks.

Lind hasn't formally accepted the pleas but has indicated she will consider them at a hearing starting Dec. 10.

Bradley Manning was seen for the first time in public in over two years as he arrived at a Maryland courthouse

Spotted: Bradley Manning was seen for the first time in public in over two years as he arrived at a Maryland courthouse

Under the offer, Manning would plead guilty to certain charges as
violations of military regulations rather than as violations of federal
espionage and computer security laws.

The offenses would then carry
maximum prison terms totaling 16 years rather than 72.

The pleas would include admissions that Manning sent WikiLeaks
classified memos, Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, Guantanamo Bay prison
records and a 2007 video clip of a U.S. helicopter crew gunning down 11
men later found to have included a Reuters news photographer and his
driver.

The video, titled 'Collateral Murder' on WikiLeaks, garnered
worldwide attention.

The Pentagon concluded the troops acted
appropriately during the attack, having mistaken the camera equipment
for weapons.

The government could still prosecute Manning for all 22 counts he
faces, including aiding the enemy. That offense carries a maximum
penalty of life in prison.

Manning is accused of engineering the biggest leak of classified
material in U.S. history.

Besides the video, he is charged with sending
hundreds of thousands of classified Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and
more than 250,000 diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks while working as an
intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2009 and 2010.