12 July 2011 Last updated at 10
Pte Bradley Manning is being held in a military prison awaiting trial
UN special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez said the
Mr Mendez says he needs unrestricted access to Pte Manning to do his job.
Pte Manning, 23, is being held in a military prison awaiting trial.
The intelligence analyst, who joined the
They were later published by the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks.
Advocates for government transparency have called for the released of Pte Manning, placing pressure on the
After being confined alone in a cell for 23 hours per day in a detention facility in
Mr Mendez said the
But the UN investigator said the
"For that, it is imperative that I talk to Mr Manning under conditions where I can be assured that he is being absolutely candid," Mr Mendez said in a statement.
Mr Mendez said that because the
Pentagon officials have previously said Pte Manning is being held in appropriate conditions considering the seriousness of the charges against him.
He has been charged with using unauthorised software on government computers to download classified information and to make intelligence available to "the enemy", as well as other counts related to leaking intelligence and theft of public records.
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