The former head of the brig where self-styled whistle-blower Pfc. Bradley Manning was incarcerated testified Monday that she was surprised when the base commander asked for advance notice of orders she planned to give in the case, as a pretrial hearing went into its 10th day.
Manning, who is charged with giving classified information to the website WikiLeaks, is seeking to have charges against him dismissed on the grounds that he was subjected to unlawful punishment while incarcerated at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. The hearing is scheduled to end on Wednesday.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Denise Barnes said Monday that she was told to run her orders up the chain of command, a surprising break with the usual pattern.
“I was kind of shocked,” Barnes said, according to the Associated Press. “The base commander does not control the brig” officer in charge, said Barnes, who was in charge of the military guardhouse.