HAGERSTOWN, Md. – The lawyer for an Army private suspected of giving classified material to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks says his client considers himself a U.S. citizen and not a British one.
Attorney David Coombs posted the statement on his blog Wednesday night amid speculation about whether Pfc. Bradley Manning holds dual U.S.-British citizenship. Manning's mother is Welsh and he attended high school in the United Kingdom.
Coombs labeled his statement a clarification. It apparently supersedes his statement earlier Wednesday that Manning doesn't hold dual citizenship.
On Tuesday, the human-rights group Amnesty International had asked British authorities to press for less-restrictive pretrial confinement for Manning should it be established that he is British.