Attorney Alleges Wrongdoing by Marine Jailer in WikiLeaks Case

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- The lawyer for a soldier suspected of passing classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks is alleging wrongdoing by a military jailer.

David Coombs said Friday he has filed a complaint under military law with the commander of the Marine Corps base where Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is being held in Quantico, Va.

The lawyer said in a posting on his blog that Navy Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Averhart abused his discretion by placing Manning on 24-hour suicide watch from Tuesday evening to Thursday afternoon contrary to the recommendation of the brig's own psychiatrist.

Manning has been confined at least 23 hours day for nearly six months. His lawyer wants Manning's maximum-security status changed to medium-security.