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Guards deny abusing WikiLeaks suspect

‘ANIMAL CAGE’:Defense lawyers for the US Army private accused of giving classified data to Web site WikiLeaks say his inhumane detention is cause for the case’s dismissal

AFP, FORT MEADE, Maryland

US Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant William Fuller, a supervisor at Quantico, said that after the gym incident Manning was “shaken pretty bad.”

“He looked scared to me, he wasn’t smiley,” Fuller told the court. “He had a hard time breathing, kind of ... panicking, he kept apologizing, I didn’t figure out why he was sorry. I think he was frustrated with the staff in some way.”

However, Fuller said the measures taken with Manning were “not punitive, it’s protection for the detainee.”

“I considered him as suicidal,” Fuller said of Manning, who is due to go on trial in February next year.

During his appearance on Thursday, Manning recalled his first days in a tiny cell at a US military base in Kuwait in the summer of 2010, saying he thought he would never leave that cell alive.

“I thought I was going to die in that cage,” he said. “And that’s how I saw it, as an animal cage.”

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