Counselor: Manning's history showed self-harm risk

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A former counselor at a Marine Corps brig says Pfc. Bradley Manning's history and behavior outweighed a psychiatrist's opinion that he was at no risk of intentionally hurting himself.

Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Jordan testified Sunday during a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade. The hearing is to determine whether Manning's nine months in pretrial confinement in Quantico, Va., were so harsh the judge should dismiss charges he leaked classified information.

Jordan sat on a board that recommended to the brig commander that Manning remain in maximum custody on injury-prevention status.

Jordan says that besides the mental-health report, he considered evidence that Manning had contemplated suicide six to eight months earlier. He said Manning's lack of interaction with brig staff suggested he was still at risk of self-harm.

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