Ms Manning is serving a sentence of 35 years for leaking secret information to Julian Assange’s Wikileaks. She now faces having to spend much of that sentence in solitary confinement due to four charges laid against her by the prison authorities:-
- Disrespectfully sweeping food off a table, which nearly hit a prison guard
- Disorderly conduct in having swept the food off the table
- Having books and magazines (including the July issue of Vanity Fair) in her cell without permission
- Having a tube of toothpaste which she was allowed to keep in her cell but had passed its expiration date and therefore constituted medical misuse.
Of course US prisons are models of respect, good conduct and where prisoners have no illicit drugs, weapons or dangerous things and where the prisoners can feel perfectly safe at all time!
In Folsom Prison in California last week a riot involving many prisoners occurred; a number were stabbed and one man died. No prison guards were injured, even by food being swept of a table or by out of date toothpaste.