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WikiLeaks accused stripped naked

The lawyer for a jailed Army private suspected of leaking classified US documents to the WikiLeaks website says his client was stripped of all his clothing at night because he had made sarcastic comments about using underwear to commit suicide.

Pfc Bradley Manning's civilian lawyer, David Coombs, said in a blog post today that his client's clothing was taken away at nights after Manning remarked that if he wanted to harm himself he could do that with "the elastic waistband of his underwear or with his flip-flops".

Marine Corps officials had cited privacy rules on Friday in not disclosing more about the Wednesday order that left Manning to sleep naked in his jail cell at the Quantico, Virginia, military jail.

His lawyer has called the treatment "degrading".

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