"He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder." Einstein
Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking cables to WikiLeaks, faces far less restrictive conditions after being relocated to a new prison, according to the Pentagon. Reporters taken on a tour of the new military detention facility in Kansas were not allowed to see Manning's eight by two-meter (26 by six-foot) cell. However officials said that he would be entitled to outdoor recreation, unlimited pay phone use and five visits a day.
Manning, accused of passing classified documents to the whistleblowing website, was transferred here from a US Marine base in Quantico, Virginia on April 20 after what his supporters described as unnecessarily harsh conditions.
But military officials insisted during a tour for journalists on Thursday that he will interact with other prisoners and enjoy a range of services in the freshly-painted facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Manning, who had spent most of his incarceration in isolation, will be placed in "medium custody" with other inmates, officials said.
His cell contains a simple bed, a metal toilet welded to the wall, a table and a stool, a picture handed to journalists showed.