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WikiLeaks Suspect Will Be Moved From Quantico

Citing unnamed government officials[updated], the AP reports that Bradley Manning, the Army Private suspected of leaking classified government data to WikiLeaks, is being moved out of the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va.

The AP says Manning will be moved to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas:

The officials say an announcement that Army Pfc. Bradley Manning will be moved is expected Wednesday at the Pentagon. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the move has not yet been made public.

While serving in Iraq, Manning was stationed 40 miles east of Baghdad. He was arrested after video shot from a U.S. military helicopter was posted online. i i

While serving in Iraq, Manning was stationed 40 miles east of Baghdad. He was arrested after video shot from a U.S. military helicopter was posted online. Frontline hide caption

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While serving in Iraq, Manning was stationed 40 miles east of Baghdad. He was arrested after video shot from a U.S. military helicopter was posted online.

While serving in Iraq, Manning was stationed 40 miles east of Baghdad. He was arrested after video shot from a U.S. military helicopter was posted online.

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As we've reported, Manning's treatment at Quantico has come under international scrutiny: This month, 300 legal scholars from across the United States issued a letter calling U.S. treatment of Manning "illegal and immoral." Also earlier this month, a United Nations representative on torture issued a rare rebuke of the U.S. government for not allowing him an unsupervised visit with Manning.

Manning has also become a household name. In Time Magazine's 100 most influential people poll, Manning came in at No. 9. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange came in at No. 13.

Update at 11:25 p.m. ET: The Pentagon has confirmed that Manning will be moved to the Leavenworth facility. The New York Times reports:

In the news conference, Pentagon officials insisted that his move had nothing to do with his treatment at Quantico. They characterized the transfer to the medium security Leavenworth facility, which opened in January, as simply a better place to hold prisoners who, like Private Manning, are awaiting trial.

"Many will be tempted to interpret today's action as a criticism of the pretrial facility at Quantico," Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon's general counsel, said. "That is not the case. We remain satisfied that Private Manning's pretrial confinement at Quantico was in compliance with legal and regulatory standards in all respects." Nonetheless, Mr. Johnson said that "we have determined the new pretrial facility at Fort Leavenworth is the most appropriate one for Private Manning going forward."

The Times reports that Lt. Col. Dawn Hilton, the garrison commander at Fort Leavenworth, was so enthused by the new facility that he promised the media tours.

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