Army private Bradley Manning, accused of dispersing classified government data to WikiLeaks, is being moved from his detention in a Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia, to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, amid growing criticism of his pre-trial conditions.
According to Al Jazeera, the Pentagon announced Wednesday that Manning would make the move in the close future and would be put in a facility which typically houses those with short prison terms or those awaiting trial.
Pentagon officials said they made the decision because the new facility offers a more extensive array of health care for Manning and not because his previous detainment in Quantico was inappropriate, the Los Angeles Times reports.
According to Al Jazeera, the Pentagon's announcement comes only a week after a UN torture investigator spoke out about being denied an unmonitored visit with Manning and Germany's parliament decried Manning's treatment to the White House.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Manning currently faces almost two dozen charges, the most serious aiding the enemy, which can be punishable by death sentence but Army prosecutors have told Manning's defense that they will not recommend the death penalty.