Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking classified military documents to Wikileaks, has spent the last seven months in solitary confinement that some say amounts to torture while the government builds its case against him.
Today, however, NBC reports that investigators have been unable to link Manning with Wikileaks front man Julian Assange.
The officials say that while investigators have determined that Manning had allegedly unlawfully downloaded tens of thousands of documents onto his own computer and passed them to an unauthorized person, there is apparently no evidence he passed the files directly to Assange, or had any direct contact with the controversial WikiLeaks figure.
Assange says Manning is a political prisoner, but that he never heard of him or considered him a source for information before reading about him in the press.
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