If only they'd thought of this sooner, this whole WikiLeaks thing might be over.
The Associated Press:
The intelligence analyst suspected of illegally passing government secrets to the WikiLeaks website has been found competent to stand trial, the Army said Friday.The explanation seems to be that the Marines had to keep Manning isolated and take his clothes away because of the severity of his case. The longer his confinement dragged out, of course, the worse it looked for the Pentagon. And a "brig" apparently isn't the right kind of facility, they say after eight months. Too many outbreaks of scurvy, I guess.
Army spokesman Gary Tallman says a panel of experts completed its medical and mental evaluation of Pfc. Bradley Manning on April 22, and informed Army officials Friday of the conclusion.
Tallman says no date has been set yet for the initial court hearing, and added that the evaluation board's findings "have no bearing on the guilt, innocence, or any potential defenses of the accused."
Manning's case is under the jurisdiction of the Army's Military District of Washington.
The Army private is suspected of obtaining hundreds of thousands of classified and sensitive documents while serving in Iraq and providing them to the website. He faces about two dozen charges, including aiding the enemy. That charge can bring the death penalty or life in prison.
Manning was transferred from a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., last week to a new facility at Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas.
Leavenworth is a real prison. For real criminals. The Army even gave a tour to reporters to show how much it's not like Quantico. Things are much better for Manning now.
He's already got his mind right.