The American attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Due Diligence on Thursday that President Barack Obama’s crackdown against whistleblowers was far worse than his predecessor, George W. Bush.
In an interview with Due Diligence, Michael Ratner said that not only has the U.S. aggressively sought out Assange but also Pfc. Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army intelligence officer who allegedly leaked diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.
Ratner also called Manning’s detention abusive, citing the findings of UN human rights investigator Juan Mendez. “Manning was stripped naked. He was put in solitary confinement. He was forced to salute standing naked. He really was abused for nine solid months. Probably as a way to turn him against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks,” Ratner said.
Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Ratner to discuss Assange, Manning and more.
Ratner is also the president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
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